INTERVIEW: Yukiko Basset Okawa of Benchmade

Japan has a rich tradition of men's shoe making. As we continue to delve deeper into our series  on Japanese shoemakers, we now introduce you to Benchmade shoes and its master shoemaker Yukiko Basset Okawa san. Based in Tokyo, Benchmade is perhaps the only master mens' shoemaker who also happens to be a woman. It takes about five months to get a finished pair of shoes and you have to be in Tokyo. So what are you waiting for?

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INTERVIEW: Tsuyoshi Ohno of TYE Shoemaker.

TYE shoemaker follows in the tradition of exceptional handmade Japanese shoes. Founded by alums of the Japanese Guild shoe company, the company's shoes are currently only available in Japan. We recently had the chance to speak with Tsuyoshi Ohno, the T in TYE shoemaker. In our experience, TYE represents the best of handmade Japanese shoe making.  Our interview follows below. 

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INTERVIEW: Laszlo Vass, Founder of Vass Shoes

László Vass is the name when it comes to excellent quality handmade shoes from Hungary. He wrote the book on hand made shoes...literally - it can be purchased on Amazon. The master of the Hungarian shoe is well known amongst shoe aficionados for their exceptional shoes made entirely by hand in Budapest. Over the years, the company has been gaining greater traction online in Europe and the US. 

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