A selection of traditional Japanese footwear ranging from geta (made of wood) to zori (bottom) and waraji bottom right).
As the above photo clearly shows, there is a large number of styles, depending on the wearer and the usage. Japanese footwear allows free circulation of air around the feet, making it perfect for the hot humid summers of Japan, although a bit cold in winter. The high teeth (歯 ha) of the geta kept the wearer’s feet clean during a rainy day on Japan’s notoriously muddy roads.
The yukata boom came as famous Japanese fashion brands like Kansai Yamamoto, Junko Koshino, Junko Shimada, Comme des Garçons and others threw out the traditional patterns and created beautiful new designs that attracted modern urban youths.
Reference for Citations
Duits, Kjeld (). 1890s: Japanese Footwear, OLD PHOTOS of JAPAN. Retrieved on December 3, 2022 (GMT) from https://www.oldphotosjapan.com/photos/276/japanese-footwear
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