DISCONTINUED LEATHER TABI
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Some of these blue tabi present some sun fade (yellowish pale stain) on some small areas. You can treat that with leather conditioner. The price is reduced partially due this reason.
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Grey Blue Nobuk LEATHER TABI
Ninja Soft Leather Tabi
NEW LEATHER: Chrome Free / Metal Free Cow Grey Blue Nobuk leather
Japanese Size System (please read for instructions)
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.
Leather tabi are a modern version of the regular cotton tabi. They are more durable, the leather moulds completely to one’s foot and the grip is far better.
These leather tabi are made completely by hand using conventional Japanese methods. For an easier fastening they are made with Velcro, quicker than the traditional clasps.
The leather is sourced in Spain. It’s made by a long-established Spanish tannery that is specialised 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.
These leather tabi are a must for all martial artist as they will find a perfect balance of protection and freedom of movement for their practices. Dancers and performers that use wooden floors for their movements also will find them very pleasant to wear. Various types of therapist, like Shiatsu, use these leather tabi in their work.
Benefits of using leather tabi are plenty. They are proved to prevent and treat bunions, 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, specialised 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. For Nobuk leather, spray for suede is more recommended.
*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!
How are your tabi made? Look this video showing Gaucho Ninja's secret techniques:
Gaucho Ninja Leather UK
A blend of Argentinian Cowboy + Japanese Martial Arts
Gaucho Ninja was created by Lisandro Serra Delmar in 2015.
Born in Spain of Argentinian parents he moved to Argentina as a boy. In 2007, as a young man, Lisandro started experimenting with making leather goods as a way to enjoy a craft whilst travelling all over the world. The desire to work with leather was in his blood…
His father, Oscar Serra, made leather bags when he was a young man.
His great grandfather was a ‘gaucho’ and a saddler, and his daughter (Lisandro´s great auntie) was a shoemaker.
::The leather work team::
Alda Reverte works for team Gaucho Ninja in Catalunya, Spain she joined the team 2016. She also has her own business making dolls out of vintage fabric called ´Taller Rosa de Jericho´
Nada Meredith works for team Gaucho Ninja in Herefordshire, UK. Daughter of an artist and a craftswoman she joined the team in 2018. She used to make yurts for a living and now dedicates most of her time to tending the community smallholding including home educating her three children.
Emily Graves. She joined the team in 2020. She is daughter Bernard Graves, master craftsman and creator of www.pyrites.co.uk, Living and Learning in Nature. From him she learnt her first steps in craft work. She later worked for Tanner Bates (www.tannerbates.co.uk)
::The support team::
In 2017 Gaucho Ninja moved to Herefordshire UK. A green roof, oak workshop was constructed by Lisandro and Ben Salmon (Nada´s partner) as part of the growing community of artist and makers by the Slough Brook, at the foot of the Black Mountains.
Also resident on the same smallholding of animals, children, low impact dwellings and educational projects is Hattie Duke, Lisandro´s wife and creator of www.firelight.org.uk a local organisation working to promote education in nature. The most recent addition to the support team are their twin sons, born in April 2019.
Hattie has also recently been published in a collaborative book brought together by Bernard Graves called ´Crafting, Transforming Materials and the Maker’ www.handsonpress.org.uk
::Why Gaucho NINJA?::
Lisandro has practised and taught the martial art of Bujinkan/Ninjutsu throughout his adult life. He has been inspired by footwear designs from Japan and especially the importance of healthy shoes for those who understand the importance of caring for our feet.
He also takes his inspiration from the 34th grandmaster of Bujinkan, Masaaki Hatsumi, who says that a true ninja lives his life in resonance with nature. A ninja lives to protect life and nature.
::The Raw Materials::
Leather is a by-product. Animals are not killed for their skins. By using leather products your ethical conscience can rest assured that you are making exceptionally good use of what would otherwise be waste.
Gaucho Ninja sources the leather from 6 artisan tanneries of Spain. This leather is tanned in the traditional way in Spain by master tanners using traditional tools and methods tried and tested over many generations. These craftsmen are elders, in the true sense of the word, whose knowledge and skills come from their forefathers. The result is a material that industrial methods cannot accomplish.
Each piece of leather is unique, your eyes will delight in the different tones and depth of colour. The differences in shade and shadow reminding you of the grace of a moving animal.
Royal Mail Track & Sign Service to all international shipping, 5 days aim. Priority 1st to all UK shipping.
For all international shipments, please provide your Phone Number and ID#: Customs often ask for it and if not available it might take longer for the package to arrive. Seldom, package may incur a customs duty fee. The buyer is responsible for payment of the duty fee. Gaucho Ninja will help by marking it as gift as a way to avoid extra charges.
All shipping are sent with priority and tracking number. The tracking number is provided in the shipping confirmation email that Etsy will send you when your item is marked as shipped. Visit the link provided to track down your package.
– To promote the use of natural footwear to support health and well-being
– To continue to expand the use of barefoot shoes and boots to maintain or rediscover our connection with the natural world
– To keep alive true craftsmanship and produce leather goods made to last
– To create products which are beautiful as well as practical
– To use traditional methods and support them with benefits of modern technology
– To provide teaching and learning opportunities for children and adults
– To reduce waste by using all cardboard, paper packaging with no plastic, and to reuse leather off-cuts in local educational projects
3-5 business days
Buyers are responsible for any customs and import taxes that may apply. I'm not responsible for delays due to customs.
Just contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back to me within: 21 days of delivery
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
Buyers are responsible for return shipping costs. If the item is not returned in its original condition, the buyer is responsible for any loss in value.
The warranty applies to all leather goods as marked and is specific to material defects or defects found in the craftsmanship of the product. It does not apply to improper use, washing, loss, wear and tear or any other situation regarding the product. The Lifetime Guarantee assumes that you have been regularly conditioning the item with Gaucho Ninja Leather Conditioner to keep the leather fibers in good shape. It can be purchased separately at my shop. If you believe an item purchased from Gaucho Ninja’s shop shows a material defect within the years of purchase, please get in touch via email and send photos of the defect. Gaucho Ninja may then offer to repair the product free of charge providing the customer pays shipping to and from Gaucho