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August 2 2014

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Blasblog: Were These Boots Made For Walking?

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I’m two days into my first trip to the Far East and I’ve already jotted down a few notes on some of my discoveries. The first concerns the prevalence of kitten heels in this town—and not just the ones we saw on last season’s Louis Vuitton catwalk (though those are popping up here and there). Kitten-heel boots, kitten-heel pumps, even kitten-heel running shoes—this seems to be the desired heel height for Japanese youth, even in the fashion-obsessed areas of Harajuku and Shibuya, where I’m staying. I’ve also been impressed by the number of dandies in this town: To be well dressed is just as important for a man in Tokyo as it is for a woman, and on the streets you see just as much moxie on the boys as on the girls. In fact, of today’s shows, I thought the two menswear offerings were the most outstanding. The fun and fantasy of the Izreel show was a highlight, even if some of the looks veered into costume-y territory (take, for instance, the single look that contained kimono sleeves, obi belt, fur collar, cargo shorts, leopard leggings, and workmen’s boots). The last show of the day, Discovered, was my favorite: velvet quilted jackets, lots of leather, oversized knitwear, and some over-the-knee boots that I would probably buy and never have the courage to wear (pictured).

Photo: Derek Blasberg

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