Geta are Japanese shoes that can be traced back to the Heian Period. These elevated split-toe sandals were worn with tabi socks to avoid mud and kitchen scraps. Some designs came with two “teeth” attached to the bottom. One “toothed” geta, called tengu geta are still used today by professional athletes. Tengu geta are said to help with strengthening core muscles and improving posture.
If you’re looking for a pair of your own, the Fraing Plus by Watomi Co offers the same benefits of one-toothed geta but with modern enhancements. First, they placed EVA cushioning between the wooden compartment and the insole to improve shock absorption. Second, the insole is made of soft Panama woven fabric for all-day wear. Third, the sandal strap uses a combination of sustainably dyed cotton fabric and suede material to lessen friction. Lastly, the sole is equipped with Vibram material that is non-slip and highly durable.
Available in multiple colors and shoe sizes, you can buy a pair from ¥5,980 online.
Source: Fraing Plus by Watomi Co© Japan Today