One of Japan's most famous shoe-makers, here for Dunedin Fashion Week, has picked up on what he calls New Zealand's "ouch" footwear fashion.
Master shoemaker Tekano Keitaro makes just 60 pairs of his customised shoes a year, with some costing up to $13,000.
He had heard how many New Zealanders take a relaxed approach to footwear.
"The most outstanding feature is how people wear sneakers. I've also heard how some people walk around barefoot, I'd like to see this," Mr Keitaro told TVNZ's Breakfast programme.
He was not keen to try it himself, however, saying the idea of walking without shoes was painful.
Mr Keitaro's exhibition Clematis Ginza is open to the public at Dunedin's Olveston Historic Home until March 19.