*Made by hand by a Ninja.
*Blake welted by hand
*Exclusive design by Gaucho Ninja
*Veg tan leather
*Wide toe box
*Flat soles / zero drop
*100% waxed cotton laces made in London
*Minimalist footwear. Minimalist design. Less is more.
*Ethically sourced. Each material is fully traceable to source
*Japanese Size System (please read for instructions)
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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 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.
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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