The amazing shoe pictured above looks like it could have been made in the 1920’s by a bespoke shoemaker in London’s Saint James district. The old school-looking aniline leather, the super-classic last shape, the muted yet perfect making, and so on. It’s not however, it’s a newly made sample shoe by Japanese bespoke maker Marquess.
Shoji Kawaguchi of Marquess is a deep admirer of shoes from this place and period in time, and it certainly shows in the pieces he, his wife Yuriko and their workshop makes. To see shoes from them on people’s feet is like looking at old vintage shoes being worn, just that they’re brand new. Got to love that ambition.