GUTS-MAN | Japanese Toe Socks made to Withstand Anything

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GUTS-MAN, Your new favorite socks that will support your hard working and tired feet!

Tatsumi Textile

2021.11.12

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GUTS-MAN, Your new favorite socks that will support your hard working and tired feet!

Tatsumi Textile

2021.11.12

-A favorite of the Japan Self-Defense Forces-

Your companion that supports the feet of modern hard workers.

GUTS-MAN is a functional socks brand developed for the Self-Defense Forces' exercises and marches.

Super durable socks that are resistant to wear and tear and have excellent odor-resistance, sweat-absorbing, and quick-drying properties.



GUTS-MAN is a socks brand that was born from a phone call from a Self-Defense Forces member who said, "I want socks that can withstand 100km long-distance running training." They are durable so you won't have to worry about perforations right away, and they should last longer than traditional socks.


Durable point ① Special tack knitting

It is said that walking alone puts 1.2 times the pressure on the soles of the feet, and running puts 3 to 5 times the pressure. GUTS-MAN knits the big toe and its base, along with the heel where weight is concentrated, with special tack knitting. With this knitting technology, both strength and breathability are achieved.


[Patent Office Design Registration No.1269839]
                          In addition, in order not to interfere with the comfort, the other toes (besides the big toe) use flat knitting with good elasticity.


Durable point ② "Right angle" heel 1.5 times thicker than usual 


Designed with a heel 1.5 times thicker than our standard, the right angle heel wraps the heel three-dimensionally. There is no cramped pull on the sole of the foot. It firmly wraps and supports your feet, which are easily strained.

In the wear test, we passed the quality test by wrapping the fabric with an iron blade. A normal men’s business socks passed 1000 times, whereas GUTS-MAN socks recorded an amazing 6245 times!


-Toe socks that are loved by many people in Japan-

The GUTS-MAN brand toe socks are designed with particular attention to toe length.

Not only the Egyptian type of foot with the long big toe, which is common among Japanese people, but also the Greek type of foot, which has a long long/pointer toe, which is common among foreigners, and the Polynesian type, which has the same length for all toes, can be fitted more comfortably. We are making efforts to make sure each foot type can wear our socks without stress.

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We have heard from people that like to wear toe socks as a countermeasure against athlete's foot, and some that like the feeling of each toe being encased. Even though they may not be very big overseas, many people become addicted once they wear them.

These toe socks have been commercialized not only for the use of SDF personnel but also for the general public. It is also recommended for customers who play sports or walk a lot.


①Special processed fibers that suppresses sweat odor: Uses Vonnel Ag

The effect of the special fiber that is Vonnel Ag, a special silver containing thread is used for the face yarn and the deodorization power of LYCRA fresh FX is used for the under thread, helping to deal with sweat odor.


Product quality inspection by a third party

Product tests were conducted at the Japan Textile Quality Technology Center. The inspection items are light resistance, washing, sweat (acid/alkali), friction, abrasion strength, and formaldehyde inspection results are all passed.


Odor test

Anti-odor performance tests confirmed a significant reduction in the concentration of each odor component. 


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②Pursuing less fatigue and a perfect fit


Pressure test

The calf part has a compression force of 45 hPa or less demonstrating to be comfortable and optimal compression socks.

Ankle 24.4hPa | Center 17.9hPa | Calf 28.0hPa (strong >>> weak)


Fatigue measurement

When tired, the arch of the foot lowered and the contact area of the sole increased, so the contact area of the sole was measured to detect the degree of fatigue. Left foot: GUTS-MAN toe socks, right foot: Before and after spending a day wearing regular toe socks, the improvement rate of the left foot has increased significantly, so the pressure on the arch affects the resistance to fatigue.



NEW COLOR: Maroon

Other colors include: Black / Olive Drab / Coyote Brown / Charcoal Gray / Navy 


S (23-25 cm/5”-7”)

M (25-27 cm/7”-9”)

L (27-29 cm/9”-11”)

LL (29-31 cm/11”-13”)

52% cotton, 22% acrylic, 16% nylon, 9% polyester, 1% polyurethane

Do not use chlorine-based detergents or chlorine bleach. It may damage the sock fabric and cause discoloration or discoloration.

  • When washing in a washing machine, please use a washing net. It will prevent the fabric from being damaged, caught, or scratched.
  • Never soak and wash in washing liquid for a long time, or stack after dehydration. It may damage the sock fabric and cause color transfer or discoloration.
  • Please dry the laundry in a well-ventilated shaded place with the cuff facing up.

TATSUMI TEXTILE Co.,Ltd.

We are a 93-year-old sock manufacturer located in Nara prefecture, which has the largest production of socks in Japan. About 40 years ago, we started focusing on toe socks and were one of the first to engage in research and development. We make toe socks for major sports manufacturers in Japan and have a track record of being used by many famous athletes.

Since the division of labor system unites the region to make socks, we have 10 employees to make socks with all our hearts.

Official website (JP)

Official website (EN)


President Ryoji Tatsumi & Successor and daughter Minako Tatsumi

Originally, our company TATSUMI TEXTILE Co.,Ltd. was a long-established manufacturer of toe socks and continued to make and produce toe socks. Due to the need for socks = consumables = cheap in the 1990s, the production of socks made in Japan had almost moved overseas. Currently, the penetration rate of overseas products in Japan has reached 91%, making it has become a difficult market to compete in with only about 9% in domestic Japanese socks and factories.

In line with this environment, Nara Prefecture, which has the largest production of socks made in Japan, is also losing its local industry due to a decrease in production and the aging of craftsmen. Is it okay for these high quality socks to be obsolete? At that time, a phone call came to the company. A member of the Self-Defense Forces asked, "Can you make sturdy socks that can withstand the harsh marching and lifestyle of the Self-Defense Forces?"

We have made socks for many athletes and those in heavy-duty professions, but the strength did not meet their demands. So after over a year, those socks were developed into the GUTS-MAN we have today. Since then, GUTS-MAN has increased its support while being sold at numerous bases.

It has been 16 years since we have steadily increased the number of users. Nowadays, it is used not only by Self-Defense Forces members, but also by those in hard-working professions, toe socks enthusiasts, runners, and golfers. Among them, in this project carried out in Japan two years ago, we wanted to support not only the Self-Defense Forces members but also the feet of more hard workers, so we incorporated the antibacterial function.

Although there are still few people that wear toe socks, we would like the project to be a success so that we can become a "power behind the scenes" that solves the problems of people’s feet all over the world.


This Project is promoted by Japankuru Funding, Bringing Japanese Products to the West!

We have been selling GUTS-MAN sports ankle socks for 5 years at the French store maison wa. We also sell fittings locally. In France, GUTS-MAN socks are used for sports (racewalking), running, and yoga.

maison wa: https://maisonwa.com/
 

"Dr. Socks", Dr. Toshiyuki Tsujisaka

For many years, I have been researching the comfort and functionality of socks at the Nara Prefectural Industrial Promotion Center, and I was asked to improve the functionality of the GUTS-MAN toe socks.

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 Project Starts February 8th 2022

Project Ends March 25th 2022

Rewards Prepared April-June 2022

Rewards Shipped July 2022

Rewards arrive to backers October-November 2022

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Tatsumi Textile

Originally, our company TATSUMI TEXTILE Co.,Ltd. was a long-established manufacturer of toe socks and continued to make and produce toe socks. Due to the need for socks = consumables = cheap in the 1990s, the production of socks made in Japan had almost moved overseas. Currently, the penetration rate of overseas products in Japan has reached 91%, making it has become a difficult market to compete in with only about 9% in domestic Japanese socks and factories.

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¥5,346 or more $47 | EBS GUTS-MAN Toe Socks 3 Pair Set

Super durable Japanese toe socks that fit any foot type! Get 3 pairs for 10% off! Your feet will thank you later! Choose the colour & size when the project ends:
Maroon / Black / Olive Drab / Coyote Brown / Charcoal Gray / Navy
S (23-25 cm/5”-7”)
M (25-27 cm/7”-9”)
L (27-29 cm/9”-11”)
LL (29-31 cm/11”-13”)

INCLUDES:
3× GUTS-MAN Toe Socks

¥5,643 or more $50 | KSS GUTS-MAN Toe Socks 3 Pair Set

Super durable Japanese toe socks that fit any foot type! Get this Kickstarter Special 3 pair set for 5% off. Your feet will thank you later!
Choose the colour & size when the project ends:
Maroon / Black / Olive Drab / Coyote Brown / Charcoal Gray / Navy
S (23-25 cm/5”-7”)
M (25-27 cm/7”-9”)
L (27-29 cm/9”-11”)
LL (29-31 cm/11”-13”)

INCLUDES:
3× GUTS-MAN Toe Socks

¥11,781 or more $104 | SEB GUTS-MAN Toe Socks 7 Pair Set

Super durable Japanese toe socks that fit any foot type! This SUPER EARLY BIRD (SEB) special is 15% off for 7 pairs! Your feet will thank you later!
Choose the colour & size when the project ends:
Maroon / Black / Olive Drab / Coyote Brown / Charcoal Gray / Navy
S (23-25 cm/5”-7”)
M (25-27 cm/7”-9”)
L (27-29 cm/9”-11”)
LL (29-31 cm/11”-13”)

INCLUDES:
7× GUTS-MAN Toe Socks

¥12,474 or more $110 | EBS GUTS-MAN Toe Socks 7 Pair Set

Super durable Japanese toe socks that fit any foot type! Get this Early Bird Special 7 pair set for 10% off. Your feet will thank you later!
Choose the colour & size when the project ends:
Maroon / Black / Olive Drab / Coyote Brown / Charcoal Gray / Navy
S (23-25 cm/5”-7”)
M (25-27 cm/7”-9”)
L (27-29 cm/9”-11”)
LL (29-31 cm/11”-13”)

INCLUDES:
7× GUTS-MAN Toe Socks

¥13,167 or more $116 | KSS GUTS-MAN Toe Socks 7 Pair Set

Super durable Japanese toe socks that fit any foot type! Get this Kickstarter Special 7 pair set for 5% off. Your feet will thank you later!
Choose the colour & size when the project ends:
Maroon / Black / Olive Drab / Coyote Brown / Charcoal Gray / Navy
S (23-25 cm/5”-7”)
M (25-27 cm/7”-9”)
L (27-29 cm/9”-11”)
LL (29-31 cm/11”-13”)

INCLUDES:
7× GUTS-MAN Toe Socks

¥23,760 or more $209 | SEB GUTS-MAN Toe Socks 15 Pairs

Super durable Japanese toe socks that fit any foot type! This SUPER EARLY BIRD (SEB) special is 20% off for 15 pairs! Your feet will thank you later!
Choose the colour & size when the project ends:
Maroon / Black / Olive Drab / Coyote Brown / Charcoal Gray / Navy
S (23-25 cm/5”-7”)
M (25-27 cm/7”-9”)
L (27-29 cm/9”-11”)
LL (29-31 cm/11”-13”)

INCLUDES:
15× GUTS-MAN Toe Socks

¥25,245 or more $222 | EBS GUTS-MAN Toe Socks 15 Pairs

Super durable Japanese toe socks that fit any foot type! Get this Early Bird Special 15 pair set for 15% off. Your feet will thank you later!
Choose the colour & size when the project ends:
Maroon / Black / Olive Drab / Coyote Brown / Charcoal Gray / Navy
S (23-25 cm/5”-7”)
M (25-27 cm/7”-9”)
L (27-29 cm/9”-11”)
LL (29-31 cm/11”-13”)

INCLUDES:
15× GUTS-MAN Toe Socks

¥26,460 or more $233 | KSS GUTS-MAN Toe Socks 15 Pairs

Super durable Japanese toe socks that fit any foot type! Get this Kickstarter Special 15 pair set for 10% off. Your feet will thank you later!
Choose the colour & size when the project ends:
Maroon / Black / Olive Drab / Coyote Brown / Charcoal Gray / Navy
S (23-25 cm/5”-7”)
M (25-27 cm/7”-9”)
L (27-29 cm/9”-11”)
LL (29-31 cm/11”-13”)

INCLUDES:
15× GUTS-MAN Toe Socks
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