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What is Tabi Shoes?

  • What is Tabi Shoes?
  • ・Tabi Shoes is a type of unique outdoor footwear worn in Japan. The most distinctive characteristic of Tabi Shoes is no doubt the split-toe design that separates the big toe from the other toes. This feature enhances their comfort and stability, and is also a great conversation starter.
  • ・Tabi Shoes have been traditionally worn by construction workers, farmers, painters, road workers, rickshaw pullers and others since the late Meiji Period (1868-1912). They are also worn during festivals and by traditional Japanese musicians such as taiko drummers. The sleek designs and comfortable fit of Tabi Shoes also make them ideal for everyday attire.
  • ・Tabi Shoes come in a variety of types, colors, and styles. The traditional fastening device is a series of metal clasps (kohaze) that hook into a series of loops. A 12-clasp tabi reaches about half way up to your knee. The sole of traditional Tabi Shoes are made of pliable natural rubber which is soft enough to be flexible, but stiff enough to protect the wearer's foot from ground debris.
  • ・The sleek design, versatile styles, and comfortable feel make Tabi Shoes the perfect attire for any fashion-conscious person with a bent towards functionality.

How to Choose & Wear Tabi Shoes?

  • How to Choose & Wear Tabi Shoes?
  • ・Check the size chart and choose your ordinary shoe size. Dyed Tabi Shoes use an agent to avoid color loss but the color will gradually fade during repeated washings.
  • ・Tabi Shoes have metal clasps called kohaze. Usually kohaze are attached to the inside of Tabi Shoes and fasten and adjust around ankles by hooking into a looped thread.
  • ・Short type Tabi Shoes have three kohaze while the long type has twelve. Wearing the Tabi Shoes with a few kohaze left open reveals some of the inside fabric allowing the wearer to enjoy different designs and styles. Fastening all kohaze enhances stability but how one wears Tabi Shoes depends on personal preference.

  • How to Choose & Wear Tabi Shoes?

How to Maintain Tabi Shoes?

  • Watch how to wear Tabi Shoes
  • ・Tabi Shoes made with cotton can be washed by hand with a mild detergent. Please note that the color may fade slightly. Dyed Tabi Shoes uses an agent to avoid color loss but the color will gradually fade during repeated washings.
  • ・It is recommended not to wash Tabi Shoes made with jute. Jute material is not likely to get dirty, but if it is necessary, pat the Tabi Shoes with slightly wet cloth. Jute could shrink and change color if washed in water entirely.
  • ・Place Tabi Shoes in their original shape and dry them in an airy and shady place avoiding direct sunlight and high temperatures.
  • ・Use general shoe cream for maintaining Tabi Shoes made from real leather.
  • ・Keep Tabi Shoes in an airy place after disposing of any interior dirt and moisture. Avoid hot and humid conditions as this may damage or cause Tabi Shoes to become moldy.

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