Traditional shoes

September 13, 2006

I bought these wet suit shoes ‘cos they are cool

split

I had the choice of the boring ones

notsplittoe

but chose cool.

The split toe is called ‘tabi’ and is a traditional Japanese thing, still worn as functional clothing by many farmers and (bizzarely) contractors. It also forms part of the formal Kimono. They also became fashionable for a while:

fashion

I had a pair of woolen socks like these but the friction from big toe rubbing against the other toes sent a shiver down my spine every time. In fact even thinking about it now I feel queezy.

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One Response to “Traditional shoes”

  1. J.Gilman Says:

    Greetings,

    Any chance you know the brand name of your swim suit tabi?
    Trying to find a pair online.

    thnx

    J


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