Yuketen is classic made in the USA, both footwear and luggage. Established in 1985, designer Yuki Matsuda uses American fine quality craftsmanship to create footwear inspired by the artisans he has met during his travels. Utilising these skills he crosses contemporary silhouettes and materials with traditional crafting. A proud and rich brand that produces beautiful shoes.
High grade leathers with a modern finish, this SS12 collection is looking great. In the range you can see snakeskin leathers with an almost sand camouflage effect, zig zag leather raw edges and brogue style punching, laced styles finished off with a square strip of leather to tie up your shoes.
The stunning contrasts in the classic styling – a welted outsole offset by the modern take on materials. It has a very unique and bold look that … Read More »
For my eye and taste in footwear, some people/brands out there really hit the nail on the head. Generally you won’t find me making a post about something I don’t like, although I will not be shy to point out aspects or elements that I dislike. One of these people/brands in footwear I always look forward to seeing (their latest release or what they are working on or generally follow) are Diversitile. Based in central Florida this group has been customising all aspects of fashion clothing and footwear for some time and been doing it with great skill and forethought into the design. The level of expertise required to achieve what they do sometimes bordering factory line small volume output, (which is not an insult I assure you!) for hand decorated, de-constructed, re-crafted footwear in my opinion is … Read More »
Due to my background in footwear design and heritage in English footwear, I am intrigued by the custom footwear market. I am not just talking about doodling on an upper to make it look a little bit whackier than its other kin – not that there is anything wrong with that and I fully recognise that is a skill of its own… when done properly… I am going to look at deconstructed custom sneakers.
First, let me explain a little bit about both, custom deconstructed sneaker and the drawn on shoe that I mentioned just now. A drawn on sneaker is exactly that, drawn on… what ever the application, for example paintbrush with waterproof paints, permanent pens that don’t smudge, coloured in stitch rows and sketched on outsoles and so on, more often than not the shoe is not taken apart. … Read More »