The shopping here is Incredible, sales and I’m from New Jersey, so I know about shopping. Sure, its expensive, but the sheer variety of stuff they have, and the quality of some of it, and the way its laid out, and how its everywhere is amazing. I went to Loft, Seibu, Parco, and Rox today. Instead of having things organized by topic – shoes, dresses, coats – they’ve got everything organized by designer, like a bunch of indoor boutiques. I particularly liked the more downscale Rox. Each boutique was blasting its own Japanese/English Christmas carols and had its own set of differently tarted-up salesgirls. The stuff at Loft is great looking, sort of a Japanese Ikea: more warm. The And there’s a six story DIY store called Tokyo Hand, I believe. It made me think of Shana Berger and ReadyMade Magazine.

I need new boots, so I decided to shop for those. I looked around at the boots the women around town were wearing. Apparently, wide wrinkly high heel boots are in. Perhaps this is a more grown up version of the rusu-sokusu craze. Oddly, the women generally can’t walk in these heels. They are mincing about with bent knees and bowed legs. Many people look like they are actually limping. A little quick Internet research turned up an article suggesting that this is some cultural phenomenon based on little girls being encouraged to look and act juvenile. Its definitely the style, because when I was at Matsuya today, they were displaying the boots with the toes turned in. That’s right. I also went to Matsuya.

The second problem was that I don’t know my size in centimeters, which is how shoes are measured here. On the sales rack, they’d sorted the shoes by small, medium and large and by centimeters. So I just found an English/American brand on the “Large” shelf and checked the American size. Seven and a half. Since I wear a nine and a half, I figure Japan will not be the place where I find boots.