Japanese Floriwonne has become famous for exquisite patina and fine MTO shoes. Now he launches a new unique customizable RTW range. Here more info about this.


Nobuaki Fujisawa is located at World Footwear Gallery in their main store in Jingumae, Tokyo. He has the alias FG Trente when he paints patina, and  a couple of years ago he introduced his own shoe brand Floriwonne. Here he has collaborated with, among others, the excellent bespoke shoemaker Ann and a small factory in Asakusa in Tokyo for Made to Order shoes. Now he has also launched Ready to Wear shoes, and it’s a different and very interesting variant of this.

The base model. The upper leather comes from French tanneries.

The shoes are made by the Japanese factory Oriental Shoes, they are Goodyear welted with a Balek stitched waist, which makes it possible to make a really tight waist that looks much more expensive than it is, and with slightly tapered heels. The base model is a wholecut in crust leather, as shown above, and the customer can then choose which patina one wants, but also customize what kind of model. Either you go with five straight pairs of eyelets and have a conventional wholecut oxford, but you can also choose for example a buckle or ghilie lacing where the pieces will be added afterwards. The customer tries out size, selects the design and the shoes will be finalised in 2-5 business days. A very interesting solution, which I have not seen before. More variants are also in progress, and in addition to the almond toe last which he works with now, there is a soft square toe coming next year.

With a leather piece and buckle, the base model turns into a single monkstrap.

Initially stocked shoes in sizes UK5,5-UK9, but they will soon go all the way up to UK11, since Floriwonne has quite a big interest from international customers. The price is €600 (80 000 yen). There is a possibility to order via mail, contact floriwonne@gmail.com.

The classic version, wholecut oxford with five pairs of eyelets, here in dark blue patina.

You can also choose fewer holes, or as here, asymmetrical.

Or with two leather pieces make a ghilie.

Sula with closed channel and narrow slightly bevelled waist.

Tapered heel.

The almond-shaped toe to the right is now offered, and a soft square toe will come later on.