Japanese geta (下駄) part 2

The last time I wrote about Japanese geta was 6 years ago in this post. That’s a long time ago, and since I bought a pair of geta recently, I thought I would write about them again.

Geta is a traditional Japanese footwear made of wood, a type of wooden clog. It looks like a slipper with a thong (called a ‘hanao’) made of cloth affixed onto a flat piece of wood. On the bottom, there are usually 2 bits of wood, called ‘ha’ or ‘teeth’, to create a raised sole. These ‘teeth’ help to keep the wearer’s feet dry when it rains or if it’s muddy.

Shih Yen bought a pair of Japanese geta for men.

I have big feet for an Asian woman and Japanese women’s footwear is always too small for me. So I got really excited recently when I saw these geta on sale and in big sizes. When I looked closer, I realized why the geta were big enough to fit me. They are men’s geta, not women’s geta. It has been a very long time since I had to buy men’s shoes, but I bought the men’s geta anyway because I had the perfect yukata (summer kimono) to go with it. I tried to choose a men’s geta with a more feminine design in the thong.

Geta is traditionally worn with a yukata, or summer kimono. A yukata is made of cotton and is lighter than the formal kimono. It is not usual to wear socks with the geta when wearing a yukata. Geta can also be worn as casual footwear with regular everyday clothes. Despite it being made of wood, I find the geta to be a really comfortable form of footwear.

Shih Yen wears geta with a yukata.

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