I'm no manga-nerd, but Japan seems like a pretty cool destination. It may be Gwen Stefani or it may be Fruits street-style magazine (likely the latter), but something about Japan's contemporary, cutting-edge style intrigues me. I just discovered Cool East Market and am curious as to your thoughts and reactions on the shoes featured below.
I'm inclined to label them "hare-lip boots" but these, Tabi (as they are called in Japan) have an undeniable appeal. If you don't do Doc Martens and are too cool for Converse, I think Tabi could be an unassuming way to make an outfit original. No one has them, and even less would even consider wearing them. Perhaps that's why they're cool - it takes guts to wear something this polarizing. Though I don't plan on spending $33 (cheap!) for a pair imported from Asia, I fully admire anyone who does.