I can’t believe I haven’t talked about all the cute gyaru shoe shops in Japan. I know I’ve posted pictures of many but actually not talked about them? Shame on me! This post is thanks to an anonymous tumblr question wanting suggestions for cute comfortable shoes to buy in Japan. I love tumblr questions, please send me some and who knows maybe they’ll inspire another post!
Back in 2009 I wrote a tips for buying shoes in Japan post that I still agree with, although wow old style me we need a talk. I will not rehash that information but to remind you if you’re above a 9US you’re out of luck mainly in buying shoes from Japan. Also most Japanese shoes aren’t made of leather (import duties are so expensive).
First if you love a clothing brand, check their shoes! Pretty much every brand carries their own shoes designed to suit their season’s look. However there’s a lot of great stand-alone shoe stores in Japan offering all the trendiest looks at decent prices. Below are main shoe stores especially those that gyaru like and a quick intro to what they offer.
Quick comment: Tons of selection, two convient stores in Tokyo, good prices, LL friendly
This is the place I’d recommend above all others. Lots of selection, best prices for the selection. Sales often. Also very convient if you’re in Tokyo with one shop on Takeshita Dori in Harajuku (english map with wonderful instore photos) and one in Kabukicho, Shinjuku.
Randa in Hiroshima at night
Quick comment: Cheapest, not often the cutest or most trending, can find a gem or two, LL friendly
In 109-2, Ueno ab-ab, Shinjuku Alta and other discount-type gyaru malls. Great prices, but often not the best quality. Still a lot of cute shoes to be found.
Bonita in Kobe
Quick comment: A billion locations in Tokyo, very cheap, LL friendly, semi poor gyaru selection
Not a gyaru shoe store, but a regular shoe store. Everywhere in Japan. Very cheap, but their selection of gyaru shoes is pretty limited. Still if you’re on a super tight budget check them out.
ABC Mart in Ueno
Quick comment: Tons of locations around Japan, always have the trendiest shoes
Basement of 109 and Shinjuku Lumine EST are their big locations in Tokyo. Found most every city. On the semi-high side with prices but if something is trending first they always have it.
Esperanza in Omiya Arche mall in Saitama
webstore: 109-net (non tenso friendly) girlswalker
Quick comment: Amazing store in 109, varied selection, price is often medium to high
Their 109 store on the second floor is the largest store in 109. It’s amazing and a wonderful trek for any shoe lover. If you’re a 96gyaru or love more old style looks like pointy above the knee boots or such this is the place to find the perfect shoe.
Flag-J in Kohrinbo 109 in Kanazawa
Quick comment: Oneegyaru love it, great selection, trendiest shoes
I always see the chicest gyaru in R&E they look fabulous and come out looking even more fabulous. Good selection even better for Oneegyaru. R&E and Esperanza battle for who is the trendiest with the most IT shoes each season.
R&E in Ikebukuro Parco
Quick comment: Super expensive in comparison, small selection
A mention because it’s in 109 and been around forever, but the prices are always 5,000 yen more than other stores and yet their selection is limited. Don’t be swayed because it’s on the first floor of 109, save your pennies for either B1 with Esperanza and R&E or F2 with Flag-J.
Cheap small shoe stores abound. LaGrace Mart around gyaru malls (this one in Fukuoka Tenjin Core) offer sassy choices.
Japan livers or long-time visitors let others know of your shoe experience and what’s your favorite
Also, next post is shoe related with an early preview of Spring shoe trends.