Even though I’m a bit freaked out by the 1990s fashion resurgence that seems to be happening in all the cool corners of the internet (it’s very odd to see certain trends like tiny backbacks and cycling shorts and stuff I used to wear as a little goth teenager in the early 2000s; chokers, beaded bracelets, etc), it’s spurred me on to write a bit about Tokyo Bopper, one of my favourite Japan-native shoe brands.
As a child, I was just the right age for the Spice Girls craze, and even though I wasn’t a superfan, I did have a rather fetching pair of denim platform trainers. My love of giant footwear did not end there. Oh no. I remember fondly my red leopard print Buffalo platform trainer/boot things, and some amazing high black boots with red straps from a company that doesn’t seem to exist anymore. All these shoes I have loved, and more. I think of them fondly in Shoe Heaven (you know it exists!) dancing the days away. I think Tokyo Bopper, and shoe brands Belly Button & Unbilical, tap into my childhood love of oversize shoes. (Sidenote: I’m pretty tall anyway, so in some pairs of shoes I’m just brushing 6ft. Awesome. I love being tall.)
Read on for a look at popular styles and some very cute customers and staff…
I’ve chosen to focus on the red shoes because they’re amazing, and also show the different styles available;
Frigging love these boots. Hubba hubba.
I don’t think these have a white sole version, but we’ll see…
Oh, I am sorely tempted by both the ballerina styles! They look a bit easier to walk in than rocking horse shoes (I did very nearly almost fall over in the Vivienne Westwood shop on King’s Road trying on a fetching gold pair!), and come in a variety of colours: olive; pink; grey; black and red. In this case, i think the red wins it for me: red shoes and red lipstick, a favourite combination.
And now, if you’ve ever wondered how to coordinate your beautiful new pair of shoes, here’s some styling ideas from the staff & customers from the blog;
Fabulous news for all Tokyo Bopper shoe-lovers – as of the start of 2010, they’ve offered international shipping. Hurrah! Of course, if you’re in Tokyo you don’t want to miss out either…