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- 100% cotton tabi socks from Japan
- Available in white with a white sole or black with a white sole
- 3 tin tab closures on the ankle
- Sold in INCH sizes NOT shoe sizes
- If you are inbetween sizes, order the longer length.
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These are 100% cotton tabi socks from Japan. They are available in white with a white sole or black with a white sole. Each tabi has 3 tin tab closures on the ankle. These tabi socks have a heavier cotton sole for indoor use or use with zori sandals. The tabi are sized by inches, to find your size, stand on a piece of paper and make an outline of your bare foot, with your pencil ALWAYS PERPENDICULAR to the floor. This is very important and will allow room for your heel. Measure the drawing from the tip of your longest toe to the end of your heel. **IMPORTANT!!! If you are in-between sizes or have doubts because you are worried about shrinkage, ROUND UP to the next 1/2 inch size. MEDIUM width only. These tabi may not fit a wider foot. Hand or machine gentle wash in cold water, line dry. Machine drying may shrink the tabi socks.
- Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 4.5 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- ASIN: B0007G6UAG
- Date first available at Amazon.com: June 24, 2006
- Average Customer Review:
Top Customer Reviews
My recommendation: order them 0.5 inches bigger than the actual measurement of of your foot with a ruler. If they are too big you can shrink them in the dryer, if they are too small you will have to pay for S&H.
Regarding the quality of the product, I think they could stand up to being worn outside without sandals for a fair length of time. The soles are nice and thick. I wouldn't run a marathon in these, but I might walk around the yard if I was too lazy to don my zoris. Also, the upper section consists of a black or white outer layer (depending on what you order) and a white inner layer of very tightly woven cotton.
The metal fastening tabs are thicker than I expected, however they will bend if you purposely try to bend them. I bent one ever so slightly and straightened it right back out to test the strength. I was satisfied. They are sewn in, so the worst that will happen is the thread may come loose at some point. This should not be an issue if your tabi fit correctly.
If I lost these or wore them out, I would buy them again.
Wondering if they might still exist, we checked on-line (what ever did we do without the internet?)and sure enough, House of Rice had them.
They are exactly as we remembered them --- soft, comfortable, with a nice, non-skid sole. We are enjoying them again, and thank House of Rice for stocking them and delivering them in record time.
I mean, when you think of how they are SUPPOSED to be, THIS is what you're thinking. Some are baggy/poorly fitting around the ankle or top of foot, or toe box (too big or small), not these.
These are ones that you would not look like another "disrespectful Gaijin" if you wore these into a dojo in Japan (who sometimes try to wear rubber sole tabi inside - SMH =/ )
* IDK if this detracts from the longevity of the tabi or not, but I find this little hint very helpful for tabi:
--- Take the insole out of an old pair of sneakers (shaped - not those flat cushion insole inserts)
--- Cut the shape of your toes with the split toe feature
--- Insert into the bottoms of your Tabi
** as long as you are using ones that usually come inside running shoes (not a hard plastic bottom), you do not lose any feel or sensitivity with the floor, movement. This is to form fit the tabi to the true shape of the foot not to create "a shoe" that protects you from rocks and stuff- these are INDOOR tabi... It truly gives the tabi a "customized" feel for YOUR feet.
By the way, these have been holding up in the stitching for several months without signs of excessive wear/fraying... of course- where Zori or sandals (flip-flops) if you go outside!
Quality of Material: Good for dojo practice, but I have some doubt about outdoor durability.
Quality of Workmanship: Decent
Traction: Slightly slick cloth soles, but not as slick as athletic socks. Will provide good pivoting ability.
Sizing: I agree with the other reviewers that these are made small. Also, they definitely shrink when washed.
I wear a 9.5 Shoe, and I ordered size 11. Unwashed, they drowned my feet but after washing in hot water and drying on high, they are only slightly loose. I could've gotten away with a 10.5 size if I wanted a more snug fit, but they do fit acceptably.
Fastenings: I'm slightly concerned that the fastenings could come apart or break eventually. As these are my first pair of Tabi socks, I'm uncertain whether to call this a "con". The fastenings are little clips that you slide behind loops of string. Are these fastenings meant to be "traditional" or functional? I don't know. Time will tell.
Overall: Great for kenjutsu practice or anyone obsessed with the idea of wearing "ninja booties"
I'd've given these 5 stars if not for the sizing rigamarole and the slightly questionable fastenings. Still, consider that I'm not a great authority on how Tabi should be fastened.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Like Cinderella's glass slipper after one wash cycle it fit just right.Published 2 days ago by Geoffrey Fletcher
When you measure your foot allow for extra so the tabs can close around your ankle. Vendor is super nice to return, so there is no worry, and the quality is amazing, especially... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Wendinator
- They're listed in size by inches, not shoe size. Just measure your foot. If in between sizes, order the larger one. Read more
These tab socks do not have the absorbent cotton lining that all other tabis I have purchased in the past.
I'm very disappointed.
These socks are sold in inches. So simply stood on a ruler, and measured to the next 1/2 inch. They fit perfect!Published 3 months ago by James Gordon
This tabi has three tin tabs and fits my husband's feet perfectly in length and at the ankle, which is wonderful since he has narrow feet. Read morePublished 4 months ago by K. T.