Fab 40: Sonomitsu Shoe Shop, Tokyo

Brown leather shoes
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Sonomitsu is one of Yanaka’s hidden gems. The gallery-style shoe boutique specializes in made-to-order footwear that perfectly embodies the neighborhood's quirkiness. Run by owner Hajime Sonoda and his team of artisan shoemakers, Sonomitsu has built its reputation on design and quality.

Not only are customers’ feet measured for size and shape, even skin type is taken into consideration when choosing the best model and leather. With a bevy of modern styles available in Japanese leathers for both sexes, it’s no wonder that prospective customers should expect a six-month wait, on average, for the finished product.


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