Self Edge, arguably the premiere shop for Japanese denim in the USA is about to open doors to a new venture in footwear called Patina. Scheduled to open later in the summer, Patina plans to carry house brand mens leather shoes by “remaking and re-tweaking” classic mens styles. All leather shoes are customizable (just about every panel on the Patina line will be interchangeable). Expect an 8 week wait for them, but hey, is that not the fun of customer cobblering.
Rumor has it as well that the price-point will remain very reasonable for the sector; remaining under 600$US. Quoting Kiya Babzani, “Our plan is for Patina to do for footwear what Self Edge did for denim in America.”
Click for more detailed views of some early samples (photos via skidnee).