Saturday, April 17, 2021

Zori Sandals

Zori Sandals 

Zōri  are flat and thonged Japanese sandals made of rice straw, cloth, lacquered wood, leather, rubber, or—most commonly and informally—synthetic materials.

Similar in form, modern flip-flops became popular in the United States, Australia and New Zealand when soldiers returning from World War II brought Japanese zōri with them.

Like all Japanese sandals, zōri are easily slipped on and off, which is important in Japan, where shoes are removed and put back on when entering and leaving a house, and where tying shoelaces would be impractical in traditional wear.

The traditional forms of zōri are seen when worn with other traditional clothing.Modern forms are fairly common, however, with casual Western wear, especially in summer. While geta are now mostly worn with the informal yukata, traditional zōri are often worn with the more formal kimono.

The hanao of informal zōri can be made of a velour-like material, as in the case of zōri resembling tatami mats. The hanao of more formal colored vinyl zōri are either vinyl or fabric straps. The fabric is often either the fabric used for the shoe, or chirimen, crepe-like Japanese silk or rayon fabric. Men's zōri may also feature leather or leather imitation hanao.

Hanao can wear and stretch easily, occasionally requiring their replacement; in such instances, the hanao can be replaced by removing and replacing them through the use of small flaps in the soles concealing the knots that hold them in place. In other instances, however, the hanao can be entirely inaccessible, requiring the entire shoe to be replaced.

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