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Founded 2003 in Japan
Based in Tokyo

Osamu Egawa quit his job as an engineer and started working with shoes. He gained experiences at some smaller shoe companies and studied at Esperanza Shoe Institute. In 2003, he became a independent shoemaker and launched his own brand "Hand Sewn Welted Boot Maker O.E.
At the same time, he opened a school called "Snug Shoe School" because he wanted to people to know more about shoes. As the name of the brand tells you, he is particular about Hand welted method. You can also choose shoes from a Standard line and a Vintage line which is made without any metal and synthetic compounds.


Tokyo, Japan



Construction methods

Hand welted

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