Few can finish a sole edge as nicely as Eiji Murata of Main d’Or. His shoes are proof that the often used term “a handmade look” or similar, is basically just an excuse for not doing it as good as one could. Some thoughts on this in conjunction with this photo.


I totally understand that not all can achieve this level of finishing, especially not if you are doing quicker production to keep price down. But I don’t think one should use “it’s handmade” as an explanation for it to not be this good, that rough finishing somehow should automatically come with it. If you are doing things really good, your hands can do things cleaner than machines.

To see more of Eiji Murata’s work, check out all these articles here on Shoegazing.