Geta & Zori
Traditional Shoes For Kimono
What is a stylish traditional kimono without a set of wonderful zori or geta with tabi? In Japan, tabi are the default go-to socks to be worn with most open toe shoes: geta, zori, and more. Our tabi are all brand new and are made from a cotton poly blend. Our stock of these designs is very limited, and once a design sells out we will no longer offer that style. Watch this page for an ever-changing selection of tabi. Tabi are ideal for wearing with Japanese kimono, or even with western clothing! Geta are commonly made from wood and are considered more informal footwear. Zori are considered informal to formal footwear and are always worn with tabi socks. Okobo are formal lacquered wood shoes most commonly worn by brides, and Maiko.
Toe Socks For Geta & Kimono
Tabi socks are also commonly called flip flop socks and feature a unique aspect, a separated big toe. This makes tabi socks ideal for wearing with geta, zori, sandals, and various other types of open shoes. It is considered impolite to wear shoes with bare feet. Decorative tabi socks are considered less formal, and white tabi socks are a safe generic type of tabi sock that is acceptable to wear with everything ranging from yukata to furisode. Our tabi socks stretch to accommodate a wide variety of foot sizes and are the perfect accessory for any kimono coordination. Our tabi are machine washable and are a cotton spandex blend. Tabi socks are also popular gifts and attire for wearing with beachwear such as flip-flops, and we sell many tabi socks to people in warmer areas such as Florida.
Traditional Footwear For Kimono
Geta & Tabi Formalities
Just like Japanese kimono, geta and even tabi socks have their own formalities and ideal situations and attire that they should be paired with. When in doubt white tabi socks are a safe default style of tabi sock to wear in most social settings. In fact, white tabi socks are considered the default sock to wear to most tea ceremony engagements. Zori are considered more formal shoes, while geta are informal. The plain wooden geta with prongs are largely reserved for walking through mug and other dirty outdoor settings. Shoes are not typically worn indoors and are never worn on a straw tatami mat. When considering what kind of shoes and socks to wear, it is important to consider the formality of where it will be worn, and what kind of kimono it will be paired with.