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.