Comic: Matching shoes!

YB_4_11 japan comic comics cartoon texan in tokyo matching shoes

When we first started dating, Ryosuke and I had pretty different ideas of what “fashionable” looked like. I did a fun comic about this a couple months ago. Our tastes have changed, though.

We’ve both come to love couple wear; Ryosuke has really gotten into thrift shops (and design over brand name); I’ve changed from “sexy” to “sporty” (and actually begun to invest in quality clothing that lasts more than 1-2 seasons). Basically, we’ve come to like the same things.

Our similar taste means that we have quite a few (accidentally) matching things. Like shoes. Lots of matching shoes.

Also, my size 8.5 / 9 (women’s) feet are 25.5cm and like 95% of shoe stores don’t carry women’s sizes that big. I know because for the last year, every time we enter a shoe store, Ryosuke will go track down a sales associate and ask if they have any shoes in my size.

So far, we’ve only found one store that carried (like a couple) shoes my size. I did get one pair from the chain store Shimamura last year… but they fell apart by the end of winter.

As a result, I buy men’s shoes in Japan. They still have cute(ish) designs, though, so I’m not TOO upset.


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17 Comments on Comic: Matching shoes!

  1. Even in Canada most stores don’t carry shoes in my size. 13 Women’s… :( I usually buy men’s shoes, or if I need something fancy for a wedding, order online. I can only imagine how hard it would be trying to find shoes in my size in Japan.

  2. I have given up going shopping only for shoes. Back to when I was in Nagoya, I knew places where I could find pairs for my big feet (also 25.5 BTW), but only for very limited models. So I ended up buying shoes I probably would not have bought back home :(
    In Tokyo, I have found a pair of nice shoes once by accident at a fair in Ikeburuko and another pair (sports shoes) in an outlet outside Tokyo. Actually, for these last shoes, I ended up paying 500 yens more for the pink model compared to the blues one :p It goes completely against my principles to pay more for just the color… But I guess I got traumatized with the men’s section, too :)
    Shimamura shoes are cute, but the quality… :s

  3. Richard Solomon // 13 July, 2015 at 8:43 pm //

    How FUN that you and Ryosuke can wear matching shoes! My petite Japanese wife had to buy pants in the boys section of department stores here in the USA when we first came to live here. They were casual Levi type pants that she could wear to work. Saved us a lot of money back in the days when i was in grad school and we were living on a very tight budget! I did not think about it at the time but we were sometimes wearing matching pants…..

  4. I don’t know if there are Costcos in Japan, but I am also take size 8.5/9 in shoes and I usually buy most of my sneakers there in Taiwan [it is the largest size they sell here].

  5. Behind the Story // 13 July, 2015 at 2:26 pm //

    I wear a size 8, and when we lived in the Philippines, I had a hard time buying shoes. Finally one year Rustan’s Dept. Store put in a section for large women’s shoes.

  6. I am size 11. Do they even make men’s shoes in my size in Japan?

  7. I’m size 10, zero retail shoes are made for me. You can find bigger shoes on Japanese websites. I found one store where I found bigger shoes once. Just gotta search online.

    • I’m like SO picky when it comes to shoes (one of my toes is messed up, so I can’t wear most shoes). So I have to try on a shoe and walk around in it for like 5 minutes before I can decide whether or not it will work for me. Which basically rules out any online shopping :(

  8. Same shoe size! It used to be a constant fight with blisters until H&M came to Kyoto! They have bigger sizes that are always in stock because the small ones get snatched up first^^

  9. Everything about me is tiny! :(
    So I still have problems finding clothes sometimes, even in Shimamura the shoes don’t fit right. I’m happy I can usually find clothes my size, but the problem is just about everyone IS my size, so it disappears real quick.
    Couldn’t even find normal jogging pants this weekend and only L/LL sizes…

    I love that you guys match! My Ryosuke prefers 4000yen T-shirts that I refuse to pay for, so matching is impossible. Would love to try it one day tho!! :D

  10. rayarts // 13 July, 2015 at 4:02 am //

    Haha, I have even difficulties finding shoes here in Europe… size 42-43 for women, translates to 10,5 I think. It would be men’s shoes for me in Japan, too.

  11. Thanks for the heads up! I have huge feet as well — size 9.5-10 US womens. It’s definitely difficult to buy shoes here in the Philippines so I usually stock up when my mom goes to the US! No love for big-footed women :(

    Pam /

  12. My size is 25.5-26 in Japan, and I buy at Oriental Traffic (their biggest size is European 42), Think! (some sizes 39 are good) and Carlo Rosetti on Amazon. So far the best (and the priciest) is Think! But their shop in Omotrsando is cheaper than Amazon.

  13. If I had a Japanese boyfriend / husband and we’d buy the same shoes, mine would probably be the bigger size. So embarrassing! I have rarely met a Japanese man with larger feet than mine.
    Maybe only in front of the cashier, we should switch shoes. So hazukashiii~ … XD …

    (Shoe size 27 …. *sigh*)

  14. Aubrey Marshall // 12 July, 2015 at 10:04 pm //

    Oh bless you. I would love to see what these shoes look like, friend!! Any pics?

  15. I like mens shorts- if you want good quality cargo shorts that are not too short, it’s the way to go.

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