Sometimes I think I love window shopping (both on- and off-line) more than actually spending the money of actual clothes and bits & bobs. Case in point is my love of shoes – I can quite happily browse for hours, drifting through pages of sites and around shoe shops, thinking only of colours, heel heights and whether I can actually stand up those really fabulous boots… I am digressing as usual! I know it’s a little trite, but I really do think it’s true that shoes are the most versatile piece of an outfit, and that whatever your weight you can rest assured that your shoes will still most likely fit you, no matter how many pies/bacon & mochi (my downfall!) sticks you happen to stuff in your gob.

Much is said about buying shoes in Japan, and I am afraid that the rumours are largely true – feet over 25.5 cm? You’ll have trouble finding ladies shoes to fit. However, I will say that if you keep your eyes open you can find some bigger sizes, and let’s face it – men’s shoes in Japan are pretty awesome too!

So, to Flag-J we go: shoes ahoy! In keeping with this autumn’s colour palette of um, brown, there’s a lot of – yes, you guessed it – brown shoes and boots about. Yet there’s also red, black, blue, burgundy and a few other juicy colours to tempt you in if brown is not ticking any boxes. I’m sort of weirdly obsessed with white shoes for no particular reason, but having seen some of the boots below, I feel a Dorothy-esque red shoes moment very fast approaching! In terms of styles, there’s everything from classic ankle boots, to chunky brogues, to wedges and even some slightly terrifying clog/loafer hybrids – clearly escaped from a secure military unit somewhere in the mountains?

Yes, I’ll take all of these please. Maybe I’ll leave the brown behind though! (Nothing personal, promise.)

Probably the chunkiest brogues? These are practically Spice Girl shoes!

Stunning, especially with the cheeky red sole!

Classic gyaru boots – grab now, wear every day.

Ah, the hybrids! Shall we let them breed, or do we put them out of their misery? I’m sure they’ll look great on Tokyo’s resident fashionistas, but perhaps not on this already clumpy English girl.

I have such a weakness for ankle boots. I don’t think I actually own any proper summer shoes anymore. My hot feet are protesting!

A few more colour choices…

So there’s my pick of Flag-J‘s latest, with a few more to come soon I expect. Virtually all of the above are suede (or synthetic suede), and will require rain protection – spray now or regret it later! I’ve got my eye on more than one pair…

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8 Responses to Flagging Down Flag-J – Beautiful Boots for Changing Seasons

  1. Lisa says:

    I loooooove the gyaru boots!!! <3
    I'm one of the lucky few to have tiny feet (usually 22.5-23cm works for me), which is great over here. Less so at home, where I've had to buy kids' shoes and that was Not Fun. :p
    I actually bought some boots during Golden Week (me and sales, siiigh) but haven't dared wear them since I keep forgetting to buy rainproofing whatnots.
    I'm compleeeeetely in love with them though!!! So much so that I shall instagram a pic of them right now to share. 😉

  2. Kaley says:

    My size ten feet are crying right now. Also my 6ft tall self. I love heels and looking at heels but I refuse to wear them because I don’t want to be an inch taller than I already am. But boy, do those teal boots in the first set really tempt me!

  3. Tori says:

    Cute picks & I love the colour palette! ♥ The ‘wooden’ cut-out wedge ankle boots are really adorable~

  4. Rebecca says:

    @ Lisa – I saw! They’re amazing, I love the colour!

    Ah, you’re so lucky! I’m just about 25cm, but my feet are ridiculously wide so no tiny pretty shoes for me. ;(

  5. Rebecca says:

    @ Kayley – I love the teal boots too! Ah, but the red are really very nice…

    I’m only 5ft 8, but I LOVE wearing shoes that make me even taller! A friend of mine is 6ft, and she rocks a high heel with the best of them 😉

  6. Rebecca says:

    @ Tori – Yes, I love the colours! I think shoes might be the only way I’m willing to work a little bit of colour into my wardrobe… 😉

  7. Do you know if they ship internationally?

  8. Rebecca says:

    Hello! Great blog by the way…

    They do have a web store, but they don’t ship outside of Japan and neither does the 109 web store – probably the easiest thing to do would be use a shopping service to buy them for you & send them on. I’m afraid I can’t personally recommend a shopping service, but a quick search should bring up quite a few results and reviews.

    I hope that helps! 🙂

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