Oct 21, 2018
I was just visiting a friend who has a billion gazillion nieces and nephews all in kindergarten. They were all in the same sort of shoes. Very Japanese style flip-flops. Even my friend's sister had an adult size pair of them. Apparently their kindergarten requires them to wear these. And instead of the wabaki, indoor shoes, they go around barefoot inside. This is a pretty brilliant idea. Not only does it keep a cultural aspect alive, old-school style Japanese shoes, but it also maintains a good foot shape. Because they are basically barefoot the entire time their feet are not growing into a constrained form. Problem that I find is a lot of the indoor Japanese shoes is that they are so small in the toes my girls feet have actually curled in. It's no wonder that a lot of Japanese girls wind up having pigeon toes what with the poor foot structure caused from overly constrictive shoes. She was opening a brand new pair, shaping them with her hands when I was asking about them. I'm not sure how I feel about the tatami base for the insole, but some people love that feel. I am tempted to order some on Amazon like she suggested for myself and my son.
American step mom with beautiful Brazilian babies. Raising them in Japan. I'm a crafter too
I thought kids were always barefoot through kindergarten in the classroom and started on uwabaki in elementary school. I like this idea, although at the schools I worked at, small kids have time for exercise and running in the morning so I wonder if they do that in zori too. I love zori - I have some with an igusa insole that I wear as house slippers.
@helloalissa many of the places I've been to the kids are barefoot inside, but there are also many places that have then in wabaki. I might get my son some because they seem good play.