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    Jika Tabi

    This thread is dedicated to the awesomeness that is Jika-Tabi.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jika-tabi

    Jika-Tabi (地下足袋: "tabi that contact the ground") are a type of outdoor footwear worn in Japan.
    Also known (outside Japan) as "tabi boots", they are modelled on tabi, traditional split-toe Japanese socks. Like other tabi, jika-tabi have a divided toe area so that they can in theory be worn with slip-on thonged footwear, but they are heavy-duty, and resemble boots.
    Shojiro Ishibashi, the founder of the major tire company Bridgestone Corporation, is credited with their invention.
    One disadvantage of jika-tabi is that they provide no real protection to the foot against falling objects or protruding sharp objects.

    According to Shiatsu theory, wearing Tabi benefits the back, the spine, and the digestion due to the acupuncture meridians located between the toes. Also, some people find wearing Tabi keeps their toes from overlapping and prevents foot problems.









    Places to buy jika-tabi:
    http://cooleastmarket.com/index.php
    http://www2.famille.ne.jp/~tobiya/shopping/tabi1.html
    http://www.ninjatabi.com/

















    So, anyone else into jika-tabi?
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    That's the weirdest thing I've ever seen...

    Kidding.

    Cool stuff -- looks kinda uncomfortable though. Your toes would really be spread out too much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jefforever View Post
    That's the weirdest thing I've ever seen...

    Kidding.

    Cool stuff -- looks kinda uncomfortable though. Your toes would really be spread out too much.

    They are actually extremely comfortable. When I wear them, it doesn't feel like the toes are separated at all. They are basically like socks, but with a rubber sole.

    But yes, they do look a little different. But if you like flip-flops, you'll be sure to love these.
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    I wouldn't beat you up if I saw you wearing those. Although someone else might!

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    oh ya, well hows about these?

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    If the jika-tabi look too "exotic', you can get tabi sneakers:

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    Omg, those look a little like the footwear aliens would wear. LIVE LONG AND PROSPER....LIVE LONG AND PROSPER.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by petmantis View Post
    Omg, those look a little like the footwear aliens would wear. LIVE LONG AND PROSPER....LIVE LONG AND PROSPER.....

    If you watched "Star Trek", you may have noticed the Romulans wearing jika-tabi:



    This is what they wore (they can be purchased online for $170):
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