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Traditional Japanese footwear for everyday wear


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

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I see young Japanese girls wearing the more modern version in Shinjuku

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Such high footwear emerge during the days when roads were very muddy. 舞子 still wear similar high footwear as part of their traditional attire

Incidentally, I remember in the U.K. in Newcastle at the door of townhouses there were old boot scrappers to remove mud when streets were dirty in the Victorian period. Interesting how different cultures handle the dirt and grim.

Oh, laugh out loud I remember him... lol:

I’m like the Duracell Bunny,

Don't you mean the Smash Martian?

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You can’t wear them things when you’re moving around all day like ido, I’m like the Duracell Bunny, lol. Plus i cycle a lot, no way could i cycle wearing them things.

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Mine were comfortable. I wore "two teeth" ones and walking wasn't impaired. I didn't wear them all the time, but enjoyed them when I did.

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I agree entirely my dear fellow, plus they look daft.

-4 ( +3 / -7 )

Why hurt your feet? Everything classic Japanese were useful back in the days but not anymore.

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