Thursday, March 4, 2010

Jika-Tabi



It's very common to see Japanese construction workers wearing shoes called "jika-tabi". "Tabi" are the socks that have the big toe separated from the other toes. This design allowed people to wear socks while walking in sandals. The tabi design was then modified to have a hardened sole as a form of shoe, and is called "jika-tabi". While it's common to see women wearing white tabi when wearing kimonos for various reasons, I have also occasionally seen workmen in jika-tabi.



But this is the first time I've ever found a shop that sells them. This one is just outside Ryogoku (the sumo district) east of Tokyo.

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