Mizutori Geta

One can never have too many shoes, right?
On may last days in Japan I found myself looking for something useful to bring home to Switzerland. I’m definitely past most of the usual kawaii stuff and ceramics and fabrics have become my favourite souvenirs. Strolling through the side streets of the famous Nakamichi Dori, the main street with the many little souvenir shops in Asakusa which is crowded with tourists from all over Japan and overseas, I found a quiet shop called Suiren selling traditional craftwork.

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What caught my interest immediately were the neatly aligned wooden Geta the shop had on display. I had never worn Geta before but the colorful straps with different patterns and the warm color of the wood looked too inviting not to try on. It was love at first step. The heel is just the right height and the rubber sole make them comfortable to walk in. Mizutori claims that wearing their Geta comes with benefits such as improved blood circulation of the sole of the foot, better posture of the body and a calm or even cheerful feeling due to stimulation of pressure points of the foot.

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Every Geta is handcrafted and unique

Geta have been worn by Japanese to go with Kimono or Yukata to protected the feet from rain and mud. Unlike traditional Geta which consist of a Dai (wooden board), Hanao (strap) and the Ha (supporting stilts) which I imagine can get quite uncomfortable after a while, Mizutori Geta have curved soles and asymmetrical left-right designs. The company is located in Shizuoka and was established in 1937. It is now run by Yukiko, the grand daughter of founder Taichi Mizutori. The Japan Times published an article about the company early this month. If you’re interested in reading the whole article you can do so here:
    Daughter board succeed family owned Geta footwear business
Despite the hype I just really think Geta or wooden shoes in general can have something soothing, especially when they’re made as good as these. They make a similar sound as flip-flops when the wood flips back to the heel and a nice, damped clacking on the street. I read that the clacking sound is sometimes mentioned as one of the sounds that older Japanese miss most in modern life.

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I’ve been waiting all winter to finally wear my Geta but unfortunately it’s been cold and wet for ages now. I’ve only worn them twice and after the first time I got a little wound from the straps on the back of my feet. I blame my paper skin though and not the fabric and the second time I wore them it didn’t happen anyway. I’d wear them at home but I don’t want to drive my neighbours insane. I really think they look fashionable even if my outfit isn’t on spot. I slept on that shirt while “sun bathing” shortly before.
Anyway, if you’re playing with the thought of getting a pair yourself you should definitely check out the company’s website here:
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I think I’ll start wearing them also if it’s raining! Summer in Switzerland is being awfully wet and some kind of joke this year. Next blog post is going to be spooky and magical.

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