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Main D’Or (Eiji Murata)
Founded 2004 in Japan Based in Chiba
Shoemaker Eiji Murata was born in a family where his father was a pattern maker for men's shoes and also later on became a shoemaker for women. He learnt the basics of shoemaking in Esperanza Shoe Institute in Tokyo and engaged in making women's shoes for three years at the same time as he trained his hand sewing skills under Fusao Kagami. In 2004, he established Main d'Or. His shoes are bespoke only. One unique part of Murata's shoes is that all shoes are made with seamless heels. Another uniqueness is that vintage steel nails are nailed on.