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Furoshiki Shoes from Vibram designed to literally wrap around your feet are now available in new colo(u)rs!

Back in 2015 we wrote about these fresh newly designed sneakers from “five toe”sneaker maker Vibram and how we all would get rich shipping these shoes  to fashion keen, sports minded folks all over the world. Well our optimism about being popular was right on the spot, the part about us getting rich and being able to put our kids through college….not so much. If our accountant really had been to college than he would have been able to calculate that in order to get a zillion yen we needed to ship at least a million shoes…the man forgot that we only charge 10% of the original price which was 17,064 yen….No we didn’t fire him since he’s the only one who actually knows how to use a calculator, in the world of the blind, one eye is……

Anyways back to those awesome Furoshiki Shoes, they introduced new colors:

Blue


Red/blue


 


 

And White

There’s good news for my US readers as they are sold in the US now, but for other countries it might be harder to get your hands on them….no worries though, we are here for you.

Serge Roso JWS

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These amazing Furoshiki Shoes from Vibram are designed to literally wrap around your feet!

Before we had bags in Japan, we used furoshiki — elegant cloths that come in various colors and decorative patterns that can be used to wrap and carry various items. While you don’t really see them in daily use now, furoshiki are quite useful in their own way, as they can be folded and tied in different ways and be used to wrap items of varying shapes and sizes, in addition to being eco-friendly.

But it turns out that the traditional cloths have recently served as the inspiration for a completely new and unexpected product — Furoshiki Shoes that wrap around your feet!

Created by Japanese designer Masaya Hashimoto, the Furoshiki Shoes were released earlier this year from Italian footwear company Vibram, known for their FiveFingers line of shoes that have a “barefoot” look and feel. As the name suggests, the Furoshiki Shoes are designed to be wrapped around the feet, much like you would wrap an item with a furoshiki cloth.

This is an example of what a furoshiki looks like:

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▼ The Furoshiki Shoes can be worn in three simple steps, as demonstrated in these pictures:

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As you can see, the Furoshiki Shoes have a highly unique design, with no shoelaces but a velcro patch at the heel to keep your feet snuggly wrapped up, regardless of your foot type and shape. Vibram is calling it the first ever “wrapping sole“.

▼ The shoes come in a variety of colors, making them a fashion statement as well

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▼ And here’s Vibram’s promotional video of the shoes:

The Furoshiki Shoes are available in Japan from Vibram’s Japanese online shopping site for 17,064 yen (US$140).

Vibram will also be setting up a temporary pop-up store from August 26-30 at the Snack Cafe Kaho in Harajuku, if you’re going to be in the Tokyo area, if not don’t fret…we are!

Well, we think the shoes certainly look light, and based on their design, they definitely don’t seem like they’ll pinch either. In this case, it appears modern footwear technology combined extremely well with a bit of Japanese tradition. Plus, the shoes look like a lot of fun, which in our opinion counts for a great deal. Just because you want comfortable shoes, you shouldn’t have to give up adding a bit of color and style to your footwear after all, right?

Source: Furoshiki Shoes website via Japaaan Magazine
Photos: Furoshiki Shoes website