Jika-tabi are split toed shoes worn by Japanese Soldiers during the second World War.
They were developed around the turn of the 20th century by the brother of the founder of the Bridgestone tyre company, and they were based on the design of the traditional Japanese split-toed sock.
These days, jika-tabi shoes — sometimes known as ninja boots — can be seen in samurai movies, on running tracks and even on the catwalk.
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Their light, durable grip is still favoured by Japanese gardeners and construction workers.Tags: jika tabi, wwii