My London internships in sight gave me the flicker of realistation that I needed to enrinch my wealth of knowledge about the historical depths and threads of fashion and designers. But on a polar opposite scheme, I also saw no harm in using the internet as a crystal ball to see future trends in their playground and adolescent state. Makoto Taguchi has just graduated from the London College of Fashion, and his footwear stitches a unique mix of vintage brogue inspiration and sophistication with futuristic attitude. I spoke to him recently, and he told me how ‘as a high school student, there was a big movement in japanese street wear’ that couldn’t be ignored. And I couldn’t agree more with his philosophy that ‘the runway can’t succeed without great footwear design.’ In the editorial landscape our focus might start from the face and makeup onwards, but on the runway and pavements, it’s the walk that makes the initial impact. So with all this in mind, there’s no denying the unique stomp to Makoto’s boots. They find a hand stitched marriage between classic victorian style brogues and ambituous modern vibes. Pimples at the side of the boots have a muted military effect, and crocodile stitches at the side create a twisted surgeon story. There’s also buckles that wonderfully contort and bondage the shoes, yet again fuelling this juxtaposed excitement of sharp and sinister. The most noted piece to Makoto’s eye though is the detachable elements. He told me how ‘it has been in his head for years, and detachable elements allows different styles and elements to come together but in a unique way.’ And I couldn’t agree more. One second a boot can be oh so military, and then quickly stripped down and deconstructed into a swarv’ brogue. Innovation indeed, and certainly a designer to look out for in the future!