These Japanese-Inspired Shoes Might Look Weird, But The Way They Work On Your Feet Is Genius

Store bought shoes are convenient and readily available, but, it’s rare that they’ll ever fit your feet perfectly. You could always go the custom made (i.e. bespoke) route but you’ve gotta be earning some serious money to afford those. Vibram, the Italian shoe company best known for their shoes with individual toes, has come up with a Japanese-inspired solution to this issue.

Furoshiki  are traditional Japanese wrapping cloths used to transport clothes and other goods, with the earliest examples dating back to the Edo period (1603–1868).  Japanese designer Masaya Hashimoto designed them to have no laces.  The shoe simply wraps around the foot instead and is fastened with velcro.

Vibram calls the shoes the world’s first “wrapping sole.” You can get a pair at Vibram’s Japanese stores for about $140 (US).

Regular store bought shoes rarely fit properly.

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That’s where the Furoshiki shoe comes in.

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These shoes wrap around the foot and have no laces, allowing for a more customized fit.

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They were designed by Japanese designer Masaya Hashimoto.

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Furoshiki are traditional Japanese wrapping cloths used to transport goods.

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