The Made-to-order Shoes on the Way
Sonomitsu is a shoe making shop built in Tokyo. Their made-to-order shoes are highly recommended and taste wonderful. “That is still on the way” said Sonoda Hajime, the representative of Sonomitsu.
Development of technology has made shoe making industrialized after World War 2. Somehow, however, handcrafted shoe makers were on the increase in Japan of 2000s.
Namely, it means you are easier to purchase handmade shoes in Japan. On the other hand, in the field of handcrafted shoes, it had competition severer than one day. Any time, any field, gain means customers have a lot of choices and also half-baked artisans weed out for whole progress of the products.
That is a condition of handmade shoe making in Japan. So we can say real are the shoe makers who have survived through these years. Sonomitsu is at the head of them, you know.
Sonomitsu has produced made-to-order shoes since 1996. Women might have more troubles on their feet than men. Sonoda said “Over 80 percent of our customers are female.”
They have five artisans in Sonomitsu. “It takes 5 – 6 months from ordering to test wearing. And it needs more about 2 months until the finish. Well, I am sorry you have to wait about 7 – 8 months for getting your pair of shoes” said Sonoda.
However, the handmade shoes by Sonomitsu are endlessly wanted by their users. Sonomitsu is one of survivors in the shoe making business and their shoes have something over the needs, something valuable beyond time and money.
Sonoda says “Our shoes have recently been pure shoes. But we still find something new every time we make. We are on the way, it means.” Today is more beautiful than yesterdays. So, changelessly, a lot of people long for their own shoes produced by Sonomitsu.
・Address: 2-18-6 Yanaka, Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-0001 JAPAN
・Close: Wed. Thurs.
・Official Site: Sonomitsu (Japanese)
・Interview with Sonoda Hajime
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