Tabi is one of the traditional Japanese split-toed footwears as known as ninja shoes / boots. It's said that the history of Japanese footwear like tabi can be dated back to 10th century and the present tabi which clasps are used to fasten can be dated back to 19th century. It was worn by samurai warriors and becoming popular among citizens as times went on. In these days, it's often worn by construction workers and forest workers. Besides, various types of tabi shoes have been developed. There are specilly made tabi shoes for festivals, dances, taiko performances, and even for running. Although it's not close to the modern people, this comfortable footwear is really recommended. Let's see how to wear it.
The following is the general mothod of wearing tabi shoes. Please enjoy wearing with your own method if you get used to.
Please put on two-toed socks or put off socks (barefoot) when you wear jika-tabi.
Pulling opening of the tabi, slide foot into the tabi until the sole touches the tabi sole.
In a casual position (ex: crossing a leg), arrange fitting of tabi around foot by pulling it. The angle of the ankle should be 90 degree.
Start from clasp close to ankle, and hook left into loops in order.
Walk and check if the loosen part is left or not. If it's loosen, hook clasps again.
*Approximate size conversion
*Tabi is tight shoes/boots. We recommend to choose half-size bigger one.
There are a lot of types of tabi shoes for various use and different function and design. At first glance, it looks like all same shape and design but the tabi maker makes the functional and cool tabi shoes for various use. Please pick the best tabi you'd like.
Hand wash with water or hot water below 30 degree Celsius rinse thoroughly after removing dirt. Using a detergent, etc. may cause discoloration or color transfer.
Please dry in a well-ventilated shade avoiding direct sunlight and high temperature.
After use, take water and dirt, avoid high temperature, humidity, direct sunlight, please keep in a well-ventilated place.
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