Do you know the difference of the Japanese footwear?

Japanese footwear falls roughly into two categories. Geta use a wooden base while Zori use a non-wooden base. Both have thongs called Hanao to secure one’s foot.

Nara prefecture has a proud of over 100 years history as a region for sandals, including zori and setta.

Zori(草履)

Sandals

Originally made of rice straw. Today it is common to use a cork base and cover it with a plastic material or synthetic leather. White or pale colored zori that have a certain height are appropriately worn with formal kimono such as tomesode and homongi.

Zori are the best choice for kimono, but they can also be worn with yukata. Traditionally, zori are low but modern styles can have platforms in varying heights. The more informal zori usually have a black or colored thong while the formal styles are white. Zori look best with tabi.

Koma-Geta(駒下駄)

Wooden Clogs

Geta with two platforms at the base. There are two types- plain and coated. Worn barefoot with yukata as well as with women’s kimono on rainy days.

Nomeri(のめり)

Titled Wooden Clogs

A variation of koma-geta with an inclined front support. Ones with the same rear support as komageta are called senryo. The name comes from nomeru that means falling forward in Japanese.

Setta(雪駄)

 Leather-soled Sandals

Men’s zori that have a woven bamboo leaf base lined with leather soles. They are believed to have been invented by Sen no Rikyu, the master of tea ceremony.