Fancy Foot Wear

shoes!In the world of kimono one would traditionally wear zori, geta or setta zori for men.  Geta are mostly worn with less formal outfits such as yukata and can be identified by their wooden soles.  They come in both mens and women’s versions.  Zori are for more formal occasions  and can vary themselves in formality.  They can be made of a variety of materials that consist of cork, vinyl, plastics and brocades.  Men wear setta zori for special occasions such as weddings or when wearing anything but a yukata.  In more recent times the addition of Western style shoes has become acceptable with non formal outfits and can be a fun way to change things up a bit.  It is also a nice option if you have large or wide feet as finding appropriately sized zori can be problematic.   In the photo you can see a nice range of foot wear from men’s zori on the left, geta, heels and flats.  Wearing Western shoes can also make your day in kimono more comfortable if you plan on walking around a lot or being in a place where you can not remove your shoes.

I would love to see some pictures of people using Western style shoes to spiffy up an outfit!

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I am an LMT by day and a Kimono and Geisha lover full time.
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2 Responses to Fancy Foot Wear

  1. kyotoredbird says:

    A few of my kimono friends usually wear flats like the ones in your picture; I actually think it looks quite nice, if the color schemes mesh well, anyway. I have always worn zori but I will probably be trying some dress boots with kimono this weekend since I think they’re calling for a wintery weather mix and I had kitsuke plans. Not good tabi and zori weather!

    • reddelilah says:

      I’d love to have a pair of the snow zori with the little plastic covers over the toes but they are hard to find, let alone in a decent size so yes I’m all for cute winter boots for snowy kimono excursions.

      ”Your fears are only what you make them to be.”

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