Chunky Heeled Shoes

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Lessons from Paris

It was Asha’s 23rd birthday. We went to a restaurant in Harlem, “Abyssinia” for a birthday dinner.

Asha was wearing a shirt dress with her favorite pair of pumps.

In the past, she would always be in a casual style, from top to bottom. But since her time in Paris, she began to infuse an elegant flair to her casual styling.

The biggest change was that no matter how casual her ensemble, she would always wear a pair of pumps.

“What I learned in Paris is that the way we sit and stand is very important for women. And for that, it’s best to wear a pair of pumps. It may be obvious but I discovered that pumps goes with any style. Until then, they were something I’d wear for special occasions but in Paris, it’s a daily thing.”

For Asha, pumps were a bit of a culture shock.

Abyssinia was our favorite Ethiopian restaurant where we surround a round tray as we sat at this low table. The popular way to eat is without any knives nor folks, we tear off pieces of white crepe-like bread called injera with which we wrap chicken stews and spicy dishes, all with our hands.

“Happy birthday, Asha. I’m sorry for this modest way to celebrate your first birthday after getting married. I know we haven’t even had a wedding ceremony…”

I handed a small box to Asha.

“No, it’s fine, don’t worry. A present? This makes me happy but don’t bother, really. Are you ok?”

Asha put her hand on my shoulder with a mixed emotion of joy and anxiety and asked, “Can I open this?”

“Yes, I hope you like it.”

Asha opened the box and looked at the present. She was in such a shock that she put her hand over her mouth and glanced over to me

“W, what? How did you get this?!”

She carefully removed the ring from the box and placed it on her palm.

“I want you to have it as our wedding band,” I said. That was the ring which has been on display at our favorite antique shop in Soho but was never for sale. I had always known how Asha admired this ring.

“This is that ring that the storeowner was adamant that she won’t sell. How did you convince her?”

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“I pleaded that I want to give this turquoise ring as a present to my new wife. Of course, she said no. But I also knew of something that she was desperate to find and I offered to do an exchange with that item for the ring.”

“What was she desperately looking for?,” Asha asked.

I placed the ring on her left fourth finger. It fit perfectly.

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Pumps, reborn

These are the pair of pumps made with a particular focus on wear comfort and beautifully enhancing the legs. Our aim was to design a pair that works with a variety of feet types, making improvements and adjustments on our wooden mold, patterns, and insoles, with countless fitting trials. The beautiful pointed toe with enhanced line to improve how the instep sets and the wear comfort.

The arch cushions with antibacterial/ odor function in the insole offers a fine fit for the soles of your feet. A soft cushion has been added around the ankles and the opening, two places prone to suffer shoe sores.

Chunky Heeled Shoes
Chunky Heeled Shoes

The arch cushions with antibacterial/ odor function in the insole offers a fine fit for the soles of your feet. A soft cushion has been added around the ankles and the opening, two places prone to suffer shoe sores.

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The Pumps Miracle

Gazing at the turquoise ring on her fourth finger, Asha closed her eyes and spoke quietly.

“I am truly truly happy. This ring has such value, more so than any expensive ring. It must have been made, not for selling, but as a talisman. You can’t get such greenish turquoise anymore so it’s a true treasure for the Native Americans.”

I was relieved that Asha really loved the ring. I’m not one to express my love materialistically but I wanted to give her what she trully wanted. Though I had my doubts one time.

“So, tell me, how did you do it?,” she asked.

“So I asked the storeowner what she would trade this ring for and she said, she will trade with this type of turquoise called the ‘Hat Mine.’ Otherwise known as ‘Lavender blue,’ it is the most premium type of turquoise that exists and only a hatful have been mined to this date. She said she’ll swap the ring for a piece of Hat Mine.”

“And you managed to find such a precious gem? Don’t tell me you had it. Did you?”

“Do you remember Toko-san? The lady who once gave you clothes?”

“Of course, how could I forget, I love Toko-san.”

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“The other day, I went to Toko-san to tell her about our marriage and she was so thrilled and that’s when she gave me these gem stones in this tiny leather sac. It was a gift of thanks for something she did, given to her by a Native American when she visited New Mexico way back when. She was told that she should give these gems to someone who needs them as they will definitely find their way back to her. She was told that it will be ‘black-haired man.’ So when I went to tell her about our marriage, Toko-san felt that this was the day.”

“She said, “This is a present from me but also from this special power like destiny,” and handed this leather sac. When the storeowner said, ‘Hat Mine,’ it immediately clicked and I took out the stones from the sac. There, I discovered two pieces of turquoise, much darker blue than the others. I knew that they were ‘Hat Mine.’”

“It’s like a fairytale…but this is just amazing. It’s almost like this ring was meant to come to me…it’s like this ring has a story of its own to tell.”

“I’m so glad I was wearing pumps. This Parisian girl I knew told me about this saying that a pair of pumps will always bring miracles. For her, a pair of pumps was a lucky item.”

As I watched Asha speak with a glorious smile, I could not get my mind off the other ‘Hat Mine’ that remained in the sac.

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The Almighty Pumps

Made with a classy-looking micro fiber suede with slight water-repellent feature. We’re proud of its quality that stands well against any authentic leather shoes. The all-time popular pointed-toe and chunky heels goes well not only with your work clothes of jackets and pants but also broadly with any casual day fashion such as skinny pants, volume skirts, wide trousers, etc.

It has an outer sole with great curvature and grip so it is a LifeWear with which you can be active even with those proper looks.

Chunky Heeled Shoes
Chunky Heeled Shoes

It has an outer sole with great curvature and grip so it is a LifeWear with which you can be active even with those proper looks.

When I wear a pair of pumps,
I find myself believing
that a miracle will happen.

Yataro Matsuura
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LifeWear Story 100

What is “LifeWear story 100?”

there exist these lines of clothes
which has remained for many years,
yet never dated.
Out of the line-ups,
they are the unsung presence,
sitting quietly behind in TV ads.

Yet, they are the culmination
of the years of passion and devotion,
where UNIQLO sought to pursue
more comfort,
more durability, and
more quality.

They give shape and gravitas
to what and who UNIQLO is,
and what UNIQLO continues
to nurture with great care.

To go beyond yesterday,
to reach higher tomorrow.

When you take it in your hands,
when you try it on,
it softly speaks to you,
almost like a friend.

What is a rich quality
How is such a quality day spent?
What does happiness mean to you…

And you will find yourself
surprised to discover that such
piece of clothing has existed.

What is the UNIQLO principle?
Why do we call clothing LifeWear?
What kind of clothes constitute

Here, we go deep into
the root of LifeWear,
to know
and to tell.
And I hope to write
stories that revolve
around LifeWear and myself.

LifeWear story 100 will be
a story about a journey with me and LifeWear.

Yataro Matsuura

Yataro Matsuura
Yataro Matsuura

Essayist, editor. Born 1965 in Tokyo.
For nine years from 2005, under the leadership of the founder, Shizuko Ohashi, he was the chief editor for the magazine, “Kurashi no Techo.” Since, he launched an online media site, “Kurashi no Kihon.” Currently, sits as a director for Oishii Kenko Ltd. Recognized for his eye for style and experience in presenting ideas for quality lifestyle. Regularly writes in his columns in newspapers and magazines. Has penned numerous best-sellers including “Kyo mo Teinei ni” and “Shigoto no Kihon Kurashi no Kihon 100.” Hosts a radio program on NHK Radio 1, “Karen Style.”