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 1998 in Japan
Based in Tokyo

The owner Gen Sonoda worked at a shoemaker in Asakusa, Tokyo. The company mass-produces shoes but they also design shoes or give ideas for shoedesigns. Sonoda felt that this wasn't what he really wanted to do and he became more and more interested in bespoke shoemaking after meeting shoemakers during his work. So he eventually quit his job and started his own company.


Tokyo, Japan



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