THE PASSION FOR TABI
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 AND THE SPLIT-TOE CONCEPT
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.
TABI’S NEW LIFE
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.