About The World of Shoes

With a passion for quality and the stories behind the world’s greatest shoes. With our Marketplace, Stories and Brands A-Z Directory, The World of Shoes aims to be the number one online reference for lovers of welted men’s shoes.

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Founded 2007 in Japan
Based in Kyoto

The owner Yuuko Kiyohara decided to become a shoemaker while she was studying Japanese art at university. After she studied abroad in the UK, she trained under Shozo Makita. She opened her own workshop Gen after three years of training.

She started to make her own dresses, but she was annoyed that she didn't have any shoes that matched the outfits she made. She noticed that the best solution was to also make the shoes by herself. She now hand-makes shoes for both women and men of all ages.


Kyoto, Japan



Construction methods

Hand welted, Norwegian

Product ranges


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