Among the Japanese to this day, you will see some people wearing wooden shoes. They are not completely closed shoes, but rather sandals made of quite solid wood.
So when a person wears this type of sandal you will hear the sound of wood pounding on the ground long before you see the person. And this type of sandals in Japan is called Geta.
What are geta?
Geta sandals are shoes whose sole is made entirely of solid wood. They have a strap on the upper part that is usually made of fabric that passes between the toes to allow the wearer to feel a little more comfortable.
On the lower part of the sole of the Geta sandals, we have wooden teeth that allow you to have a certain balance on your sandals. For this, you will see Geta sandals that have 2 teeth, other sandals that have only one tooth. It also happens sometimes to see some Geta sandals that do not even have a single tooth.
These wooden sandals are usually worn with clothes that are of a substantial length. And in most cases, the Japanese wear Geta sandals during traditional festivals. And the reason why the Japanese have adopted these Geta sandals for many years is precisely because they offer many advantages.
What are the advantages of Geta?
The first advantage of wearing Geta sandals is the protection of your feet. When you wear these sandals, you can choose a model as high as you want.
So, when you live in an area, work in an environment where there is a lot of garbage lying around on the ground, you can acquire Geta sandals with teeth size high enough to protect your feet and clothes.
The second advantage that Geta sandals offer you is the freedom of your feet throughout the day. When you wear these sandals, your feet won't be confined throughout the day.
You can go freely for a walk without having this feeling of compression in your feet. It should also be noted that the strap that passes between the toes should not squeeze your feet too tightly against the sole.
It should also be noted that for Japanese people, geta sandals also allow them to have a good posture throughout the day. It is important to be able to stand up straight to avoid developing certain diseases in the future when wearing shoes.
For example, many women develop problems when they wear closed heels throughout the day. So with Geta sandals, you won't have this problem, as it is much easier to stand up straight. Finally, according to the Japanese, Geta sandals stimulate the acupuncture points of the feet of those who wear them.
The different models of Geta
To make it easy for all users to find their way around, Geta sandals are available in a variety of styles. So it's easy for anyone to find the Geta sandals that suit their taste.
- Hiyori geta, the most famous ones
This model is one of the very first and it is not for nothing that it is also very popular. Indeed, it is a mixed model that can suit women, men and even children. It is generally made of a sole that is made with a single block of wood.
It also has 2 teeth under the sole. The teeth of these Geta sandals measure about 5 cm. To give it a little more modernity, it should be noted that the model for women is often recognizable thanks to a slightly rounded sole.
- The tengu geta, the most perilous
This model is very often used by artists who wear it during traditional ceremonies. It has a single central tooth that can measure up to 15 cm long. Because of the height of its tooth, not just anyone can wear these geta sandals. Because even if it is true that they really work on the balance of a person, you should not wear them if you are not a regular.
- The mitsu-ashi or oiran geta
This model of Geta sandals is not reserved for everyone in Japan either. It was often worn by courtesans and nowadays, you will even have a hard time finding this model in Japan. They are Geta sandals made with a wooden sole which has on its lower part 3 teeth of a minimum length of 22 cm. So you have to be really used to wearing this kind of sandals before buying this model.
- Bankara geta, for students
This model of Geta sandals is particularly appreciated by students. It has two prongs on its bottom and their height can reach 10 cm. It is also worth mentioning that the two teeth can be replaced if you need to.
- Senryou geta, for luck
These geta sandals are made from a single block of wood. If you look at them closely, you will see that the front of the sole is slanted. These are models that were very popular a few years ago in Tokyo.
Indeed they were very successful after the period when Japan won the war against Russia. After that, the Japanese changed a little the sandals to adopt a little softer Kandji. And even if the sound of this Kandji has remained the same, its meaning has become lucky.
- Okobo geta, for maiko
This model is adopted by geisha apprentices. They are also made of a single block of wood and very often the strap is made of different colored silk. These sandals are about 10 cm high in order to protect the kimonos of the girls who wear them.
When they are at the end of their apprenticeship, they often wear Geta sandals with yellow, pink or blue straps. But when they are just starting their apprenticeship, geishas wear geta sandals with red straps. Finally, you may see brides or even little girls wearing this type of geta sandal.
- Menkoi geta, for young children
These are Geta sandals models that are rather adopted by children. For example, you can give this type of sandal to a newborn child. With their wider shape, they allow children to walk with some balance.
- The ukon geta, the most modern
These are much more recent models that can be very well suited to western wear. Their sole is often flat and it does not have vertical teeth with a too great height. You will have much more ease if you begin in the port of its sandals by choosing this model.
There are even some Geta sandals that have disappeared nowadays. And even though Western shoes have replaced these sandals for many Japanese, you may still find them at traditional festivals in Japan.