Yuketen Spring / Summer 12 Collection
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 I think works well. I can understand that Yuketen is not to everyone’s taste but I really like this range and can appreciate the thought and finish that has gone into the shoes. Great way of bringing artisan crafsmanship to the main stream… but not to mainstream of course! Yuketen are carrying on the craze for quality over quantity that is going on at the moment.
If the above style is a little too loud for you then hopefully below will be just right. Strong use of the oversized paisley debossing on the leather collar makes it look busier, but still soft and inviting. The heavily grained tan leather literally creates a pattern on its own and carries on that slouched, relaxed, slightly leaning look the whole upper has. The shoes just shout quality, you can easily see alot of care has gone into the making of these shoes.