8 Ways to Wear the Zori like a Pro

8 Ways to Wear the Zori like a Pro

Zori , a thong footwear, is Japan`s traditional sandal. People have already been wearing the sandal and leather soled sandals eversince the Edo Period. The “Setta” or the leather soled sandal is a type of Zori and the height of the heel portion (overlaid core) is different and was made as a footwear for walking on snow. This sandal is very durable. It is also said that these sandals are very good for the health. This footwear is sandwiched between a thong and to hold on to the heels, the arch of the back foot leg muscles are trained resulting to the prevention of Hallux Valgus . Here, we will introduce 8 ways on how to wear a Japanese sandal well.



 

8 Ways to Wear the Zori like a Pro!

 

1. Never Wear a Zori Bigger than your Feet

Zori are considered worn right when the heels are visible and can be well seen. However, if one is not accustomed to wearing the zori, the heels could sore and your feet may get tired wearing it. So if you do not feel comfortable wearing a certain zori, try to check if the size fits your feet right. Sometimes, it may just be a matter of difference in size.

 

2. Choosing the Softness and Thickness of a Zori

Choosing the softness and thickness of a Zori could prevent thong displacement. Wearing a new Zori might hurt one`s legs until the person wearing it gets used to wearing it. In this case, use a plaster on the portion of the thong where it is painful.

 

3. The Stylish Way to Wear Zori

There are two ways of wearing the Zori. One is wearing it without putting the thong deeply within between the fingers while letting the heels out the zori. The other way to wear the Zori is to wear it with the cord of thongs deeply between your fingers. The stylish way to wear the Zori for men is to not wear it deeply and let most of the heals out.

 

4. The Komata Walk

The Komata Walk is walking while putting most of your weight forward but making the middle part of the Zori your base. Trailing is a big “no” so please be careful not to. Walking the Komata Walk is advisable when wearing the Zori. In Japan, women are considered beautiful and they look modest when they walk in this manner. Also, it is said to be comfortable to walk the Komata way.

 

5. Wear a High-heeled Zoro with Kimono

If you`re matching the Zori to a Kimono, especially if you`re wearing it on a formal ceremony, the color of the thong should be the similar with the color of the thread used. Enamel specified colors are a good choice. The height of the heels should be around 5cm. The higher the height of the heel is, the more prestigious and more formal it becomes. When used as a mourning attire, the Kimono should be matched with a black Zori. Choose ones that do not have decorations that are glowing.

 

6. Wear Low-heeled Zori with Yukata

In wearing a Yukata, low-heeled Zoris are chosen. High-heeled sandals are unbalanced. Also, the Yukata and the Obi’s (Yukata`s sash) color should be matched together with the handle. Of Course, the Zori should also match them all.

 

7. Wear a Tabi

Tabi is necessary when wearing a Kimono. Just like the Zori, the Tabi is also a very important fashion item for the feet. The white Tabi is used in formal ceremonies but depending on the time, place and occasion, you could enjoy the various color and designs available.

 

8. Be Careful not to slip

Since the bottom of the Zori is leather and is synthetic. Be careful because it is slippery especially on a rainy day. Be sure to add a non-slip to make it safe.

 

Conclusion

So there you go. It is already a common knowledge to wear the Zoro with a Kimono, Yutaka and Jinbei but nowadays, men wearing it with jeans have been increasing. There`s an abundance of design and pattern from which it is made so please enjoy from the wide variety of choices.

 

8 Ways to Wear the Zori like a Pro!

1. Never Wear a Zori Bigger than your Feet
2. Choosing the Softness and Thickness of a Zori
3. The Stylish Way to Wear Zori
4. The Komata Walk
5. Wear a High-heeled Zoro with Kimono
6. Wear Low-heeled Zori with Yukata
7. Wear a Tabi
8. Be Careful not to slip