While this might be sad to hear (for it shows just how much of a freak that I am), I do not think that there are many things more exciting than discovering new brand of shoes which make exactly what I like. This is very much the case with Japanese shoe brand, Otsuka M-5. While it’s very hard to gather information on this brand, as I do not speak nor read the Japanese language, it would be safe to infer that they seem to take the best from all worlds and put a Japanese twist on them. While I have read somewhere, of which I cannot remember, I believe that their shoes are made in sunny ‘ol England. By the looks of their construction –which you can see on the website– having a fiddleback and bevelled waist and being obviously goodyear welted, one would think that the factory they use, would be either Edward Green, Alfred Sargent or Crockett & Jones. It not really being that important which factory makes them, what is important is that they have done a good job at taking classic shoes and putting a fun twist on them.
As you can see from this model above, that occupies the top row as well as the bottom left, it is a style that seems to have been inspired by French shoemakers, particularly Pierre Corthay, as it seems to be something that he has done in the past or at least something similar. And while that might seem pretentious of me to say, as I believe that Japanese designers/shoemakers have proved time again that they make unique pieces that separate them from everyone else, it is not a bad thing, in fact, to have inspiration and utilize it to create something similar. Not being the biggest fan of derbies in general, I think that what they have done to the facing of these shoes, make them that much more appealing, especially the canvas model above, right. And while I loving see shoes like this, it always disappoints me that in order to ever see them in person, I either have to purchase them or take a trip to Tokyo. And while a trip to Tokyo is something that I really want to do, I would very much like this to not be my only option in seeing them in the flesh.
Now, we look at the pictures of above and you see the spectators that remind me of some Edward Green’s and then the single monk straps with the hand braided stitch, that might look like something Moreschi would conjure up. And it’s wonderful. This brand, does it all!! They don’t have just one way about them, they have all the ways of the world, making each one with their own Japanese twist. This is the way that I think that shoes should brands should be. But then again, there would be no distinction between brands if they all did everything. So it’s refreshing to see that at least it is offered somewhere. A kind of one-stop-shop brand. I could not imagine going to the store where they sell these, it would literally break my wallet, in half! Well, if anyone has any other information they would like to share on this brand, please do not hesitate to leave it in the comment section, as I am sure that there will be many readers who may wish to know more….
5 thoughts on “More Japanese Shoes: Otsuka M-5”
If only they make them in larger sizes… The size is a bit a problem if you go shoe shopping in Japan. I think they look great.
Hello. I am japanese shoe fan The history of this shoe maker is from the Meiji Restoration.
Stareted by spirit of wakonyousai(japanese spirit and Technology of developed countries)
Now it has been given to the Imperial Warrant. Although not noted Probably made ??in Japan
Vladimir – I am so jealous of you, because had this not been an issue you would have bought them, and it would have just concluded the fact that you must own at least one pair of shoe from every shoe brand, that I wished I had….
Fairbanks1193 – Thanks for the info sir!
-Justin, “The Shoe Snob”
i heard the shoes in the UK are made by Grenson and vise versa. the Grenson shoes in Japan are made by Otsuka.
picked up a new pair of M5 oxford cap toes… fit like a glove right out of the box!
Nice one! Thank you for sharing.