Tabi is one of the traditional Japanese split-toed footwear 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 specially 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.
1. Tabi Shoe Size Conversion (JP / US-Men's / US-Women's / UK / EUR)
*Approximate size conversion
*Tabi is tight shoes/boots. We recommend to choose half-size bigger one.
2. How to Put on Tabi Shoes
The following is the general mothod of wearing tabi shoes. Please enjoy wearing with your own method if you get used to.
Wear tabi socks or toe socks
Please put on two-toed socks or put off socks (barefoot) when you wear jika-tabi.
Slide your foot into the tabi shoes grasping it
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.
Place the kohaze (metal tabs) into the correct cotton hooks
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.
Metal fastener is called kohaze (clasp). It's fastened by hooking it into loop. The number of the kohaze is different according to the length of the shoes / boots.
3. How to Choose Tabi Shoes
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.
OutsoleSome comfortable tabi has thick outsole. So it reduces the fatigue, it's recommended to wear for outside activity. Other has thinner outsole that has barefoot feeling. Another has unique shape of outsole and it helps to stand firm on the ground.
InsoleComfortable insole has shock absorption and air cushion. Some tabi has arch suport and reduces the fatigue
UpperUpper part is made of the breathable cotton and synthetic fiber. It makes feel more comfortable to put on.
LooksSome tabi has not only the high quality function but the good design. For festivals and performances, the appearances are important. Tabi maker also develops the slip-on like tabi shoes for casual users.
4. How to Care Tabi Shoes
How to wash:
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.
How to dry:
Please dry in a well-ventilated shade avoiding direct sunlight and high temperature.
How to store:
After use, take water and dirt, avoid high temperature, humidity, direct sunlight, please keep in a well-ventilated place.
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