Manolo says, the Manolo has received the note from one of his readers, offering guidance on the topic of shoes suitable for wearing in Japan.
The shoes that you recommended today for an upcoming Japan trip are very cute, but very impractical for the Western traveler to Japan. It’s very typical to take off one’s shoes when entering museums, temples, restaurants, workplaces, and some kinds of lodging. A tourist could easily have to take off and put shoes back on a dozen times in a day. Do you really want to have unlace and relace every time? “Ie” (no). So shoes without laces are the way to go on any trip to Japan (and true for most Asian countries where shoe removal is quite common.) And make sure your socks don’t have holes or that your toes look cute.
BTW, of course, Japanese people wear shoes with laces, but the backs are often broken down because they try to avoid lacing by stuffing their feet into the shoes as if they were slip-ons. And “dame yo” roughly means “not good”, “don’t do it”, etc.
Arrigato, Jennifer-san, for your most helpful comments.
Here, then, is the more appropriate shoe, the Cole Haan Air Harmony short black bootie, something comfortable, stylish, and able to be worn with both pants and skirts.
Also, the Manolo’s internet friend Bob sends us the link to the very amusing Tokyo Street Style Blog.