SWEET & GOTHIC LOLITA BOOTS IN JAPANESE DEPARTMENT STORE MARUI ONE. DOC MARTENS, GLADIATOR SHOES, LECHE BY YOSUKE, ARTHERAPIE.
Do you recall drooling over photos of Shoe Heaven, the footwear floor of the old Marui One? Well, get ready to spill some more saliva. The fifth floor of the new Marui One Shinjuku is Seventh Heaven. It has not one but TWO sections for Gothic Lolita Punk shoes.
My jaw hit the floor when I encountered Leche by Yosuke’s pretty cut-out boots. I can’t sing this brand’s praises highly enough; no matter how hard I pound the pavement, these shoes do not scruff. They’re remarkably well-priced, mostly in the $60-150 range. Lucky for us, Marui One offers international shipping – so you can grab a pair on their website.
Hans Christian Anderson wrote a gruesome fairy tale in which a vain girl becomes so attached to her red shoes that they won’t come off and must be chopped off by an executioner. This story came to mind when I saw this lovely display of Lolita pumps and Mary Janes. Hello drop-dead prettiness!
Moving on… to pink and black GLADIATOR shoes? (Tissue please; saliva flowing…)
The men’s section reminded me of Romper Stomper – both the Russell Crowe skinhead movie and the South Park juvenile delinquent. (Yes, there are random influences floating around in my head…) Knee-high Doc Martens and studded leather boots with a three-inch rise: now that’s the way a boy should dress.
In addition to the sea of shoes on this floor, there is an Artherapie boutique. The brand’s black leather bags and wallets are Gothic yet classy. As my friend said, “I could see my mother carrying one of these.”
Which pair of shoes would you snatch up? I’m selling a few doll-heeled leather boots in my Online Garage Sale…
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