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Gladiator Shoes

While shooting in Osaka’s trendy Minami-Horie district today, it started to rain. So I sought shelter in the nearest shop, a small men’s shoe shop run by Tokyo shoe brand whoop’-de-doo’. Their latest offerings are really cool, so I want to share them with you.

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What makes whoop’-de-doo’ stand out from the crowd is that they make beautiful well-crafted shoes in designs that you’ll be hard-pressed to find anywhere else. Just look at what they have brought out during the past few weeks.

Get ready for the Summer heat with these really cool—in both meanings of the word—Gladiator Sandals. They come in three colors and retail for 12,600 yen (approximately 132 US dollars at today’s exchange rate).

whoop'-de-doo' Gladiator Sandals

These Round Two Lace Shoes come in black, brown and white and have an almost gothic feel to it. They’d look just as good with good old-fashioned jeans as some h.NAOTO creation. These little charmers will set you back some 18,900 yen (USD 198.50).

whoop'-d-doo' Round Two Lace Shoes

If you love sneakers, but want something more dressy, how about these Long Nose Leather Sneakers? Available in black and white. Retail price: 17,850 yen (USD 187.50).

whoop'-de-doo' Long Nose Leather Sneakers

I really like the red Gladiator Sandals, and the black Round Two Lace Shoes. What do you think, anything catches your fancy?

Kjeld Duits About the Author

Inspired by the stunningly creative street fashion that exploded on the streets of Tokyo and Osaka in the late 1990’s, photo-journalist Kjeld Duits launched JAPANESE STREETS in 2002. This makes JS one of the first fashion blogs on the net, and the very first to cover Japanese street fashion.

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Woah!!!! Japanese shoes are the coolest! I always see them in pictures and wonder, “why can’t we have shoes like that in America?!” even their chuck taylors are cooler! LOL
Those gladiator sandals are something else. Really cool, I like them.

Joeyoeyannanna
May 23, 2009 (3441 days ago)

Those shoes look so awesome. My favorite are those black “Round Two Lace Shoes” that you have there.

MoonBerry
May 25, 2009 (3439 days ago)

I agree, MoonBerry. The Round Two Lace Shoes are cool, aren’t they?

Kjeld Duits (author)
May 25, 2009 (3439 days ago)

hmmm. I didnt like the gladiator sandals… but the others look confortable! specially the Long Nose Leather Sneakers! still I prefer doll shoes 4 me…

Manana
May 31, 2009 (3432 days ago)

OMG!! I wanna own one of the gladiator and the long two lace shoes.

wowchicken
Jun 1, 2009 (3431 days ago)

those gladiator shoes are appearing from everywhere, I really hate them >_<

bluesakura
Jun 16, 2009 (3417 days ago)

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