Friday, 5 July 2013

Galoshed Balmoral Oxford from Japan - Yuki Shirahama

I have for the day sampled a galosh (Balmoral Oxford) with a punched cap toe, a medallion in black calf hide. The shoe has a squared chisel toe and has that "no-nonsense" attitude. At first I thought it was a Master Bestetti creation, then realised, it was by Master Yuki Shirahama from Japan.
I think I have earlier stated that I do have a Galoshed Balmoral with a round toe and no medallion in a tan colour from G&G. I simply like the Galoshed Balmoral Oxford, first it is not so often you see it, secondly it has many possibilities. It could be renditioned with any hide & suede, or like below calf on calf. 
If the brogueing and punching was not so well done and kept in balance, it would make this shoe a bit "vulgar" or "too much going on" look, but Master YS kept it in proportions so well done and that is why I like this rendition. As I mentioned, this shoe has an attitude, very good and masculine attitude. No nonsense Galosh shoe.
Sometimes it's best just to look and admire the shoe, instead of a lot of talk... 
Balmoral (galosh punched) with a punched cap toe with a medallion, squared chisel last

Photos sourced from The Shoe Realist


  1. I have seen these shoes during my Internet searches before. To me, they are the epitome of the perfect black shoe. Chisel toe, medallion, cap toe... Perfection here...

  2. Dear Brad,

    Thanks for the comment. I had the same experience, saw the shoe at first then passed by. Later on I was looking for the shoe and did not find it, but...a few days luck was with me. True that this Balmoral (galosh) is the epitome of a black Oxford. Period. The rest of the shoe speaks for itself and I 100% agree with you. Perfection as perfection can be and get.
    ( I will post at some point my Galosh Balmoal from G&G - a shoe I have never used since commissioning 4-5 years ago).

    Have a pleasant weekend.
    Best regards

    The Shoe Aristo Cat

  3. Hi Brad, you will be surprised as what mistakes I do from time to time. The Galosh G&G is not bad, only that I took it on the GG06 (round last) and not my favourite, to say it mild. Will post them in a day or two just to keep the promise.

    Have a pleasant day.

    The Shoe Aristo Cat