Yohei Fukuda Q&A

September 28, 2015

tumblr_nv8ttkGZPy1qfbji5o1_12801. What is your favorite part of the shoemaking process? e.g. the lastmaking? the fitting? the design?

My favorite part of the shoe making process is discussing about the shoes we are going to create with the customer. Our job is not merely making shoes. We always make sure to take enough time to talk to every one of our customers, so that we can recommend shoes that match each person’s lifestyle. No matter how great the shoes look, if they do not suit the wearer, that’s like putting the cart before the horse. Also, when I make shoes, I imagine the customer: what is he wearing? where is he at? what sort of fun thing is he up to? I believe that shoes are just a part of a whole person, to be happy and comfortable. 

The shoes that I pursue are the best of ordinary. Our shoes are meant to be worn for a long time, so they would not be trendy. However, we stick to the classic so it never goes outdated. I wish our shoes to be life long partners for our customers. 

2. If you could only have a selection of 3 styles of shoes in your wardrobe, what would they be? 

  1. Black punched cap Oxford
  2. Dark Brown Semi-Brogue Oxford…”

British Style Shoemaker Yohei Fukuda – Q&A for The Rake Japan.

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