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Japanese-Inspired Shoes That Wrap Around Your Feet
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Japanese-Inspired Shoes That Wrap Around Your Feet

Store bought shoes rarely fit perfectly, and bespoke options are too expensive for many. Italian shoe maker Vibram, more commonly known for its military footwear, has come up with a solution to this problem with its Furoshiki Shoes.

Furoshiki (風呂敷) are a traditional Japanese wrapping cloth used for transporting goods and were first used in the Edo period to carry clothing while at the public baths. Furoshiki shoes, created by Japanese designer Masaya Hashimoto, have no laces and instead wrap around the foot–hence the name–fastening with velcro.

Vibram calls it the first ever “wrapping sole.” These novel shoes can be bought from the Japanese Vibram store for about $140 USD, and come in at least five colors.

More info: vibram.com | facebook | twitter | instagram (h/t: demilkedrocketnews24)

Store bought shoes not always fit perfectly

So this company came up with a solution that was inspired by Furoshiki (風呂敷)

Furoshiki are a traditional Japanese wrapping cloth used for transporting goods

Japanese designer Masaya Hashimoto used the same idea to create shoes that have no laces and instead wrap around the foot

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MaryClough
Community Member
6 years ago

get a little sand, animal fur, dirt on that velcro and it won't work anymore. These are more for city wear..plus they are kinda ugly :/

LauraMatson
Community Member
6 years ago

Those are ergonomic bands that adhere to eachother, no velcro involved. However, your right about them being ugly :)

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LynnPacione-Holman
Community Member
6 years ago

Are they water resistant/repellent? Are they warm enough in cool/cold weather? Are they supportive for people with bad backs/knees?

BridgetteO'Connell
Community Member
6 years ago

The video is Vibrant brand, which is not supportive. That being said, many people with bad backs and knees, including me, have found relief after SLOWLY transitioning to true minimalist foot wear, and going barefoot quite a. bit. Raised heals and lots of padding cause changes in stride and stance that can hurt your back, hips, and knees.

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TabithaArgyleBuono
Community Member
6 years ago

Sorry, I'm not really impressed.

AaronCook
Community Member
6 years ago

This was informative, and emotionally moving.

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MaryClough
Community Member
6 years ago

get a little sand, animal fur, dirt on that velcro and it won't work anymore. These are more for city wear..plus they are kinda ugly :/

LauraMatson
Community Member
6 years ago

Those are ergonomic bands that adhere to eachother, no velcro involved. However, your right about them being ugly :)

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LynnPacione-Holman
Community Member
6 years ago

Are they water resistant/repellent? Are they warm enough in cool/cold weather? Are they supportive for people with bad backs/knees?

BridgetteO'Connell
Community Member
6 years ago

The video is Vibrant brand, which is not supportive. That being said, many people with bad backs and knees, including me, have found relief after SLOWLY transitioning to true minimalist foot wear, and going barefoot quite a. bit. Raised heals and lots of padding cause changes in stride and stance that can hurt your back, hips, and knees.

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TabithaArgyleBuono
Community Member
6 years ago

Sorry, I'm not really impressed.

AaronCook
Community Member
6 years ago

This was informative, and emotionally moving.

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