It all began in 1873 when Unpei and Moto Kurata, the founders of Tsukihoshi, opened a shop in Kurume (Japan) to make the perfect “Jika-Tabi”, also known as “Ninja boots”.
Jika-Tabi are rubber-soled boots featuring the unique split-toe designs of Tabi socks, worn with Japanese thong shoes “Zori” and “Geta” since the 12th century. Thanks to the superior tactile contact with the ground (provided by the flexible outsole) and the enhanced grip ability (granted by separating the split-toe design), Jika-Tabi have been used in Japan by people who needed to feel the terrain under their feet: carpenters, rickshaw-pullers, trail-runners as well as martial arts and yoga practitioners.
Over the past 140 years, Tsukihoshi evolved to market children’s shoes by strictly following the same health-conscious credo of Tabi, which is to allow toes to splay, wiggle and stretch as if barefoot. Today, Tsukihoshi goes back to its roots and reinvents the split-toe concept by launching a new category of “Home Shoes”, called Tabi Tabi. Deeply rooted in the Japanese tradition and designed for kids who love originality, Tsukihoshi “Tabi Tabi” perfectly mimic barefoot walking: a groovy, healthy, comfy place for little toes to slip into.
By separating the hallux (big toe) from the other digits, Tabi Tabi create the ideal conditions for the big toe to spearhead the others in carrying out 4 key functions:
Help feeling the ground and get a grip on it, to improve body’s balance and stability.
Contribute to lift the arch in a naturally way, to achieve a proper body posture.
Facilitate additional leverage to the foot when pushing off the ground
Help bringing the foot’s bones, muscles and tendons into a natural alignment. This is paramount for the immature bones of children’s feet, that keep growing and remodeling well into their teens: maintaining a proper alignment is key to avoid foot conditions that potentially arise when toes are constrained into unnatural shapes, like many conventional footwear do.