Why did you chose to be a shoemaker?
In my twenties I was very much inloved with shoes and I started to think of making shoes by myself. At first I wanted to design my own shoes but the more I learned the more I was impressed by the manufacturing of the clasic style shoe.) But I did not had a preferance for a particular style. However over the years classic style become my favorite style. Being so inlove with shoes I wanted to know more about how are they made. The initial plan was to go to Italy and learn the craft but fortunately I have met a truly wonderful person. He was a Japanese bespoke shoemaker who has been in the business for over 50 years. I was strongly impressed with his craft skills, so I started to learn shoemaking from him instead of going to Italy. After learning the craft, six years ago, I have opened my own shop called Bolero after Ravel’s Bolero. I am a great fan of Maurice Ravel by the way…
Do you remember the first pair of shoes made?
My first shoe was “Slip-on” and I made it with the leather of my old leather overcoat.“Slip-on” is one of my favorite style.
Is there any diferences in terms of last betwen Japanese and Europeans?
I have never made shoes for customers outside Japan, so I am not sure but I guess heels of Japanese are smaller than the Europeans. So when one of customer request a Cuban heal (which is tapered heel) I must pay attention to the size of heel.
What is your favorite pair of shoes?
Round plane toe shoe, Camel color Suade and yellow stich. I have worn this shoes for a long time. And also semi-brogue style is one of my favorite style.
What shoemakers inspired you over the years?
I have no favorite shoemaker except my master. All old European shoes inspire me as well as some ready-to-wear shoes (even very cheap one) with nice designs.
Where is shop located and what are the prices for Bolero shoes?
The price starts from ¥241,500. I need extra ¥52,500- for the last for the first order. You can find me at 3-4-16 Kanayama Naka-ku Nagoya-City aichi Japan.
Is ready-to-wear or made to order part of your future plans?