Our piece on the tabi sneakers generated an enthusiastic response from all over the world(not kidding, from Russia to Brazil and so on), so we decided to follow up on this article with a new list of these comfy sneakers from several other brands.
Hand sewn and the use of 100% rubber, creates a feeling that your feet are in direct contact with the ground…like walking bare feet thus creating the Abebe Bikila effect. These shoes are often used by marathon runners in Japan….wow and I thought that thick cushy soles were evolution…go figure.
Cute as a button these SOU SOU sneakers, besides coming in various lovely color patterns, these tabi sneakers have another ace up their sleeves…you can roll down and connect the back part of the sneaker, revealing the inside of the sneaker. These sneakers are according to Japanese tradition hand made.
Original tabi sneakers Shop TABI-JI created a functional and beautiful shoe equipped with EVA soles.They are light and durable sports shoes type, and firmly absorb shocks, and thereby reduce the burden on the foot.
Pretty dressy these ASSABOOTS, they are a little more expensive than the other shoes here, but they look like it too.The lining is Ashirai fabric with a traditional Japanese pattern, The contrast with the black color of the outer material is beautiful.
A bit more colorful are these S-Time15 sneakers.
The little people aren’t forgotten either…
These tabi got their inspiration from espadrilles, making them less of a sneaker but more a comfortable slip-on.
These sneakers are more of a fashion statement than “let’s do a triathlon kind of sneaker”, but besides being really outstanding in design(the shoe is made out of three different materials) and detail, they are also extremely sturdy and highly comfortable .
Next week is the Nagoya marathon, so I’m going to check out if any runner is wearing tabi sneakers and take some pics…of course in a not obvious way…
Serge Roso JWS