The Japanese love this classic sneaker design from Patrick; they never seem to go out of style. Although Patrick is a European company, their products sold here are actually made in Japan. Unfortunately this means that even a basic pair of Patrick shoes starts at around $125. Having once owned a pair, I can attest to their comfort and quality, but they do seem a tad over priced. The glossy pair in the foreground with the candy apple gradient caught my eye. They cost around $180.
Comparatively, Dragon Beard is a Japanese brand, but assembled elsewhere, and command a much lower price. Their everyday DB series sneakers start at around $50 and are a popular choice among young to mid-aged men. I’m not the biggest fan of Dragon Beard footwear, but the company produces so many variations of their designs that I probably could find a pair that I wouldn’t mind taking home. Maybe when summer hits.
High tops of all brands and styles are popular year-round in Osaka, but especially during the winter months when well-insulated footwear is a must. I can’t remember what brand these shoes were, but I noticed their ‘high tops’ could be zipped off when needed.