In Other Shoes – Japanese Getas

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To follow up on last week’s post on wooden Japanese clogs, we here bring you a slightly lighter model – also for men! Or, at least Tuxen seemed to think so:

Wooden slippers from Japan – getas. Given to me on October 30th 1957 by Dr. Shinjo Suzuki, Tokyo, who bought them for me on September 1st 1957 in a “geta-ya” (Japanese geta-shop). These shoes are quite modern male getas – getas are otherwise mostly used by elderly women, but also by men, indoors. They come in very diverse styles and appearances. The original old getas are almost only seen in museums and plays.
Male getas are not laquered or decorated, like the female version. They are shaped in squares. Made from paulownia tree – however, Dr. Shinji Suzuki thought they were made from cedar. The strap running from between the toes to either side of the foot is called “hanao”, and this part of the shoe can be replaced and renewed. Since the hanao on this pair is decorated, there has been some confusion as to whether these are actually male shoes?

– S.L. Tuxen

We like the idea of unisex getas! If you are also into shoes, you can read more about Tuxen’s collection in this post.

// Ciara Coogan


Photo: © 2007 Photo/Media Department of Moesgaard Museum.

Byline portrait: © 2015 Line Beck,

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