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Japanese wooden sandals - what are they called?

Posted by Scott R on 11/25/00 at 10:55 (033464)

You know those japanese wooden sandels? They have a wooden foot-bed with 2 wooden bars running across the bottom of the heel and ball. They don't need to bend and can be wooden because they tip over so easily. These could be used in place of heel lifts for those with a lack of flexibility in the calf muscles. If designed right, they could be very beneficial to some.

Re: Geta sandals here's a link...

Scott R on 11/25/00 at 10:58 (033465)

http://www.asahi-jc.com/geta.htm

Re: interesting stuff

Scott R on 11/25/00 at 11:23 (033469)

Sumo referees sometimes wear them. Puppeteers wear special very high, very quite versions. The was an article about making them illegal to wear during driving. Sometimes used for ceremonial stuff.

'Footwear generally consisted of sandals (waraji) and wooden clogs (geta). Sandals were made from various sorts of material, including straw, hemp, and cotton thread. Clogs were generally associated with the lower classes (geisha, for instance, and kabuki actors are often depicted wearing geta) though samurai wore them from time to time. The Tale of the Heike, for instance, mentions that the powerful Taira Kiyomori wore clogs, though it was considered sufficiently unusual to find its way into puns composed by his rivals. '

http://www.quipuha.com/020200_1.asp
http://www.pasutel.co.jp/wnn-c/ewnn/ewnn6/spe.htm
http://www.icon.pref.nagano.jp/usr/ro-nagano/ro-nagano1/kirigetaen.html
http://www.chowchow.gr.jp/ninjacat/samurai/geta/geta.html
http://www.houserice.com/houserice/getasandals.html

Re: You have GOT to be kidding!!!!

Barbara TX on 11/25/00 at 12:23 (033475)

I took a look at these sandals, and they seem to fit more into the category of TORTURE DEVICE. I am still laughing. Put me in these if you want me to confess state secrets or betray my dearest friends. B.

Re: You have GOT to be kidding!!!!

Dr. Zuckerman on 11/26/00 at 11:23 (033544)

It might support the foot so that it can function better. The arch would be stiff and you couldn't move so fast (rest)

Re: You have GOT to be kidding!!!!

Scott R on 11/26/00 at 13:33 (033550)

I meant that they would 'tip over' much easier for those who lack flexibility in the calf muscles. Especially if the front bar ('ha' as it's called) is placed back as far as possible. I would definitelt want some cushion and some arch support in them. Heck, I could just attach some bars to the bottom of my tennis shoes..... and take a picture....

Re: You have GOT to be kidding!!!!

Barbara TX on 11/26/00 at 17:09 (033562)

Instead of those little rollbars (the ha in front and the tee-hee in back), why not just attach wheels so there would be no flexion of the ankle joint whatsoever? Or better yet, tractor treads? B.

Re: Geta sandals here's a link...

Scott R on 11/25/00 at 10:58 (033465)

http://www.asahi-jc.com/geta.htm

Re: interesting stuff

Scott R on 11/25/00 at 11:23 (033469)

Sumo referees sometimes wear them. Puppeteers wear special very high, very quite versions. The was an article about making them illegal to wear during driving. Sometimes used for ceremonial stuff.

'Footwear generally consisted of sandals (waraji) and wooden clogs (geta). Sandals were made from various sorts of material, including straw, hemp, and cotton thread. Clogs were generally associated with the lower classes (geisha, for instance, and kabuki actors are often depicted wearing geta) though samurai wore them from time to time. The Tale of the Heike, for instance, mentions that the powerful Taira Kiyomori wore clogs, though it was considered sufficiently unusual to find its way into puns composed by his rivals. '

http://www.quipuha.com/020200_1.asp
http://www.pasutel.co.jp/wnn-c/ewnn/ewnn6/spe.htm
http://www.icon.pref.nagano.jp/usr/ro-nagano/ro-nagano1/kirigetaen.html
http://www.chowchow.gr.jp/ninjacat/samurai/geta/geta.html
http://www.houserice.com/houserice/getasandals.html

Re: You have GOT to be kidding!!!!

Barbara TX on 11/25/00 at 12:23 (033475)

I took a look at these sandals, and they seem to fit more into the category of TORTURE DEVICE. I am still laughing. Put me in these if you want me to confess state secrets or betray my dearest friends. B.

Re: You have GOT to be kidding!!!!

Dr. Zuckerman on 11/26/00 at 11:23 (033544)

It might support the foot so that it can function better. The arch would be stiff and you couldn't move so fast (rest)

Re: You have GOT to be kidding!!!!

Scott R on 11/26/00 at 13:33 (033550)

I meant that they would 'tip over' much easier for those who lack flexibility in the calf muscles. Especially if the front bar ('ha' as it's called) is placed back as far as possible. I would definitelt want some cushion and some arch support in them. Heck, I could just attach some bars to the bottom of my tennis shoes..... and take a picture....

Re: You have GOT to be kidding!!!!

Barbara TX on 11/26/00 at 17:09 (033562)

Instead of those little rollbars (the ha in front and the tee-hee in back), why not just attach wheels so there would be no flexion of the ankle joint whatsoever? Or better yet, tractor treads? B.