SHADOW DRAGON JIKA TABI NINJA SHOES
::Redefining barefoot boots::
*Chocolate Brown veg tan leather
*Made by a Ninja
*Blake welted and manually stitched
*Heavy duty zip
*Bespoke measurements for perfect fit in the calfs
*Wide toe box *Flat soles / zero drop
*Completely handmade in the UK by Gaucho Ninja
*Minimalist footwear. Minimalist design. Less is more.
*Ethically sourced. Each material is fully traceable to source
*Japanese Size System (please read for instructions)*
How to choose your size like a Japanese tabi expert?
Japanese size system (JP): the best way to know your size is by measuring from heel to big toe in cm while barefooted and standing up. add 0,5cm for comfort and that will be your exact size. Placing your heel against the wall while measuring is more accurate. For extra size please request custom order!*
Feeling the grounding texture of soil's surface.
A new concept of leather tabi.
Nowadays humanity is facing the call of Nature.
Shadow Dragon Jika Tabi are designed to connect with the ground and to breath. Fully inspired by the Ninja's way to the five elements.
Made by hand by a Ninja.
Tabi are traditional footwear from Japan with a separate big toe. Tabi date back to the 15th Century when the Japanese started importing cotton from china.
At the time wooden or woven straw sandals with a separation of the big toe (like what we call flip flops) were the popular footwear.
So cotton tabi were developed to be able to slip on the outdoor shoes over light indoor footwear. They were commonly used by wealthy people who often had fine rush mats to walk on in their houses.
Geishas and Samurai, the tabi provide a comfortable shoe that will give the feeling of a second skin.
Shadow Dragon Jika Tabi are a modern version of the regular cotton tabi.
They are more durable, the leather molds completely to one’s foot and the grip is far better.
These leather tabi are made completely by hand using conventional Japanese methods.
Shadow Dragon Jika Tabi provide the perfect blend of style between old and new, traditional and unconventional.
The soles are made with Vibram Tyre, a 4mm layer with outstanding durability and grip.
It's cut by hand, shaped into the shoe last and then glued to the midsole to ensure the highest quality, like the shoes made in the past.
This technique allows you to change your sole once its worn out.
The leather is sourced in Spain. It’s made by a long-established Spanish tannery that is specialized in making high quality leather and suede for shoes.
The feeling is soft, very pleasant to the touch, and it has a slight shine that will improve with time.
Being a handcrafted item and made with a natural material, it may present differences from the ones shown in the photos.
Benefits of using leather tabi are plenty.
They are proved to prevent and treat bunions efficiently, especially those on the big toe.
The split toe will help to correct the shape of the foot by opening the toes.
It can also provide more sense of balance and strengthen the Abductor hallucis: A muscle on the inner side of the foot that runs from the big toe to the heel, it pulls the big toe, or hallux, away from the body.
These leather tabi are designed and made by expert leatherworker and martial artist Lisandro Serra Delmar, owner and creator of Gaucho Ninja Leather UK, specialized in making leather tabi for more than a decade.
Leather care. It is recommended to use a natural leather conditioner at least twice a year to ensure that the qualities of the leather held.