Discover our collection of geta, these Japanese sandals ideal to complete an official outfit or Cosplay costume. Select a geta model and choose your pair among numerous Japanese patterns.
Geta, the famous Japanese wooden sandals
With their wooden sole and fabric strap that passes between your toes, these traditional Japanese shoes are the forebears of our current thongs. Usually worn with a kimono, geta shoes are just as rising sun emblematic country. Practical and comfortable - although this may not be the first idea a Westerner may have had - Japanese geta shoes are primarily used to give height to prevent that kimono doesn't drag on the ground. Nowadays, they can be wear with traditional Japanese clothing, Western clothing and summer outfits, although their use is becoming increasingly rare. We find it mostly during ceremonies, festivals or at the feet of geishas.
The different types of geta
There are numerous forms of geta in Japan - each pair of shoes is adapted to a particular occasion or social status - but these wooden sandals are always made up of body or sole (dai) and a fabric strap (hanao). The difference between geta usually lies in the platforms or teeth (ha) that raise the sole. These teeth can be present, absent, two, single, high or short according to the models. Often the underside of teeth present a rubber coating to prevent slipping, to reduce wear on wood and to attenuate the clicking noise on the ground.
Hiyori geta: These are the most common geta, they have two teeth (about 5 cm) and make a clicking noise on the ground recognizable between miles. The teeth and sole are carved from a single wood block. These geta are worn by both men and women. The difference is in the shape of the sole: women are more rounded and men are more square. When it rains, the Japanese wear ama geta, a lacquered version equipped with a toe cap.
Bankara geta: In contrast to the hiyori geta, the teeth of bankara geta don't form a single block with the sole in order to be changed once worn. The teeth are also higher. Bankara geta are usually worn by students.
Tengu geta: Easily recognizable, tengu geta don't have more than one tooth placed in the center of the sole. Moving around in this type of sandal requires a lot of training and balance, they are generally reserved to actors and traditional dances.
Oiran geta : These Japanese sandals contain three very high teeth (about 22 cm). During the Edo period, these geta were worn by the Oiran, high-ranking courtesans, hence their name.
Okobo: Also called "pokkuri geta" due to the peculiar noise of these sandals on the ground (the pokkuri sound is an onomatopoeia of this noise), okobo geta are made of a single wood block 10 cm high. The sole is hollow and can include a small bell. This kind of geta is reserved to women and more particularly to maiko, the apprentice geisha.
Ukon geta: Ukon geta correspond to an evolved form of this sandal, an excellent compromise between the Japanese style and the comfort slippers. This pair of sandals has a flat sole or slightly raised by a large heel at the back. If one were to compare this shoe with a western equivalent, then these would be comfortable, light and elegant tap shoes, perfect to wear at home.
How to wear Japanese geta?
These traditional Japanese sandals can be wear barefoot or with Japanese finger socks, tabi. These sandals are known to be good for posture and against back pain. Generally, Japanese people choose the geta size such that their heels protrude slightly at the back. In order to fully enjoy the comfort geta, you must make sure that your feet are perfectly supported by the fabric strap. If your feet come off the sole when you walk, you may twist your ankle. If your want to prevent it, you can tighten the strap while pulling on the exposed threads underneath the sole.
Our Japanese sandals have been carefully selected in order to guarantee the best quality while offering you a large choice of soles, colours and prints. In order to be sure to choose the right size for you, please refer to our size guide in each description.