Taoist Ninja shoes / Black Leather tabi shoes / Barefoot Shoes / Vibram Soles / Flexible, Breathable, Stylish / Veg Tan Leather / Split toe

Taoist Ninja shoes / Black Leather tabi shoes / Barefoot Shoes / Vibram Soles / Flexible, Breathable, Stylish / Veg Tan Leather / Split toe

$861.75

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*VEG TAN LEATHER
*Naturally dyed Black
*Hand stitched out-soles
*Handmade in the UK
*Molded Vibram soles by hand
*Unique and original GN design
*Japanese Size System (please read for instructions)


::The Barefoot Taoist Ninja shoes::

A new design by Gaucho Ninja, the Barefoot Taoist Ninja Shoes offers a slip-on shoe with a glove like feeling. No laces, no time wasted. Elegant and extremely comfortable. They are extremely lightweight (each shoe only weighing between 200 and 250g, about the weight of a standard sized apple) so are excellent for dancers or for anyone who likes the feeling of feet free to dance!

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.

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 heavy duty elastic bands on the sides, quicker than the traditional clasps.

The soles are made with Vibram Dune EVA+Rubber compound, a 5mm layer with outstanding durability and grip. It's been molded by hand, shaped into the shoe last and then hand-stitched all over to ensure the highest quality, like the shoes made in the past.

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.

They are flexible enough to fold in half without damaging them. Being a backpacker in a previous life Gaucho Ninja has made sure you can easily store them in a bag or rucksack as a second pair of shoes after removing your flip-flops or welly boots.

They shape to your feet providing a smooth, close fit. Your feet will delight in the comfort.

The soles are thin and flexible too, providing the barefoot feel. If you like to practice stealthy walking like a tracker or Ninja these are ideal to try out or you might simply enjoy the sensation of touching the different surfaces of the ground with your feet.

The slim sole and malleable upper provide a welcome relief for feet that are sore from being cramped all day in hard, tight shoes. This excellent combination can also relieve back pain and promote good posture.

Each pair is lovingly made by hand. The production occurs in a small workshop built by Gaucho Ninja himself. The workshop nestles next to a stream at the bottom of the Black Mountains, a suitable place for a Gaucho and a Ninja….

This leather is tanned in the traditional way in Spain by the master tanner, 74-year-old Alfredo Caballero, using traditional tools and methods tried and tested over many generations. Alfredo is an elder, in the true sense of the word, whose knowledge and skills come from his forefathers. The result is a material that industrial methods cannot accomplish.

Each leather is unique, your eyes will delight in the different tones and depth of colour. Each shade reminding you of the grace of a moving animal. Each pair is made out of full grain leather. This means that the skin has been through minimum processing before being turned into leather. So that marks from the animal’s life, scars or scratches for example, will be present in the final product.


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.

For many of us the aroma of naturally tanned leather brings a feeling of wellbeing. In a world filled with highly processed materials our sense of smell appreciates this.

The shoes are made individually, being made one pair of shoes at a time. It slows the process and raises the quality.

Cut by hand, stitched by sewing machine on a slow setting, the whole shoe is carefully made to the most detailed finish.

The Vibram sole, made in Italy, is fixed with extra strong glue and Hand Stitched all around. It can be replaced if need be after heavy usage, as the uppers will get better and better with time.

Treatment for the leather is recommended once a month with natural oils such as neat's-foot oil or any natural leather conditioner.

A tin of Handmade Gaucho Ninja Leather conditioner is supplied with each pair of Chukka boots (if available at time of purchase).

For yourself or as a special gift you will feel as if you have bought something both essential and luxurious, irreplaceable and exclusive.

These are not just a pair of shoes, but a work of art. Or perhaps, more accurately a work of true craftsmanship.

True craftsmen are an endangered species in our highly technological, mass produced consumer world. We suffer from feelings of disconnection, loneliness, stress. Know that your life will be enriched by a pair of shoes whose story is connected to many other living beings, human and other than human, a pair of shoes that have a story to tell even before they join your story…..

For extra size, please write me and I will be happy to explore the options with you.

How have your shoes been made? Look this video showing Gaucho Ninja's secret techniques:
http://www.gauchoninja.com

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::OUR STORY::

Gaucho Ninja Leather UK
ガウチョ 忍者

A blend of Argentinian Cowboy + Japanese Martial Arts
Gaucho Ninja was created by Lisandro Serra Delmar in 2015.

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Lifetime warranty in some of the products

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

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