When I started writing on the blog about the days spent in Japan, I promised I would make an article about the street fashion of the Japanese with a direct reference to footwear. So today I will talk about shoes, in the context of Japanese young people seem to be The most bold people on the planet when it comes to fashion. Whether I refer to colorful or transparent clothes, extravagant hairstyles and strident make-ups or high platform shoes, imitating famous cartoon characters, young people in Japan choose to be themselves, inspiring the world through the unique style of street fashion.
If in the first part of the day you see them in the subway with the eyes on their mobile phones, going to school with over sized bags, in the afternoon they gather to Harajuku, a neighborhood in downtown Tokyo, where they turn into their favorite comic book heroes. The streets in this area of the city are full of girls wearing short skirts, even though outside are just a few degrees above zero. There is a lot of writing and talking about this Japanese street fashion, and I will not go deep in the Harajuku style (in the bottom image – a shoe dedicated to the fashion style I’m talking about – too cool for school)
Fashion in Japan has another side too, women dress very well, with clothes bought from the big fashion houses, and the men are quite stylish, some even metrosexual. I have seen a lot of men wearing women purses, scarves and pink shoes, but that’s part of their charm because they are different and that fits their style.
I made this introduction of the desire to induce you the colorful atmosphere of the streets of Tokyo.
From the early days of arriving in Japan I was fascinated by the women’s shoes. I have admired their sandals with knee-length socks daily, white shoes associated with longer or shorter black stockings, or sports shoes with stylish purses.I was aware that for me, a European at his first time there, the cultural differences are enormous. But I enjoyed watching them and admiring their lifestyle. I was there, in the street, with my mouth wide open, waiting for another girl to pass next to me to see what was she wearing… is it bad? I think so, since I suddenly had the idea of taking pictures of the… shoes they were wearing.
And so I tried to catch pictures with shoes, sneakers, sandals… just that the girls did not stop on the street waiting for me to trigger, so that many of the pictures are unclear, caught in the speed of movement.
Here’s what went out:
Until next time, I hug you!