Japanese TABI Sneakers – Sports Jog AIR | Run like a Ninja!

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Made especially to support you while you train or do sports, this Split Toe Style shoe is inspired by shoes used in Japan for centuries

Rakuful

2022.4.1

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Made especially to support you while you train or do sports, this Split Toe Style shoe is inspired by shoes used in Japan for centuries

Rakuful

2022.4.1

Designed in Japan, Inspired by Japanese traditional socks 

A high top air cushioned sneaker with a twist! A new take on tabi the traditional footwear used by ninja, the Sports Jog Air!


The Sports Jog AIR is a product that looks to adapt and update the traditional footwear, the TABI (足袋 たび), creating a unique pair of shoes that can keep up with today’s lifestyle.

Tabi is traditional Japanese footwear, but it has been slowly gaining popularity recently. The idea of separating the big toe from the rest of the toes makes for a unique and fashionable shoe.

The Sports Jog AIR, uses this traditional footwear’s design to create a pair of shoes that you want to wear, while also being heaven to wear like you’re wearing nothing! This pair of shoes isn’t just a fashion statement, but has actual benefits for the foot!




The Sports Jog AIR is the newest form of jika tabi, the traditional type of footwear used for work. It uses a meshed fabric that covers the foot, that allows for great breathability, while feeling fitted to the foot and super lightweight. You can feel like you're walking barefoot just like a normal pair of jika tabi, however with an updated sole that has an air cushion, you’ll feel like you’re walking on air. We hope that because of these updates you’ll be able to use them as a perfect pair of shoes for running or other sports!



As your toes are separated, with one side being your big toe and the other side being your other toes, it is easier to adjust the power you put into different parts of your foot, letting you stand firm in one position, great for when you’re doing weights. Because it is also well fitted to your feet, it also allows you to make subtle motions with your feet.



Shoes that many people wear today are quite stiff, especially in the middle of the shoe. This can lead to fallen arches, which then can mean that the burden on the back and the knees is increased. The Sports Jog AIR looks to help with this problem, allowing for your feet to feel free, and giving your toes a sense of freedom, being able to move with ease. We’ve also added an air cushion to the sole to help reduce the shocks to the feet as you walk or run, protecting your soles.

The Sports Jog AIR are made to not be abrasive, which helps to stop you getting blisters on your feet, even after you wear them for a long time. The shoes look to support you for a long time!


With these sneakers, as you are able to move your toes more freely, you can apply as much or as little force as you want with ease, letting you keep your balance which in turn helps walking easier. By making it easier to shift your centre of balance, you can change how you walk, and this makes your posture easier to keep.

This is close to being barefoot and makes going on walks more enjoyable, letting you grip the ground better as you do so.

・50 Year Old Female

Quality of Shoe:★★★★★ Comfort :★★★★★ Size: Just right

A comfort that can alleviate your worries. The instep of my foot is rather low, which means that I get tired easily when I walk. I’ve tried a variety of different shoes, and I tried this type of shoe as a test. This shoe has beaten all others before it. I don’t feel tired when I walk, and in fact it feels easier to walk in. After I get through these ones, I want to buy a new pair!

・40 Year Old Female

Quality of Shoe:★★★★★ Comfort :★★★★ Size: Just right

Easy to walk in.  As I have a job where walking is a large concern, I used them for work. With my previous pair of shoes, I would trip and slip a lot, but with these it hardly ever happens. As well as this, there isn’t any squeakiness when I walk and my footsteps have become much quieter, just like a ninja! Once downside is that it uses laces, so they do take a second to wear but other than that it is a brilliant pair of shoes!

The sneakers are made to fit to your feet, as well as that if worn for long periods your feet don’t get stuffy. This is thanks to the polyester knit used to make the upper. It feels great while also not having any of the stress you’d have from a normal shoe.

Feel the ground beneath you as you walk, while the cushioning helps to reduce the shocks from your footfalls.

A downside of normal tabi shoes is that when you wear them for too long, the heel becomes rather tired. With that in mind, we have created a double cushion to help reduce this. By adding a cushion to the back of the shoe under the heel, it helps to reduce the shocks when your foot hits the ground, and lets you walk for much longer. By creating an outsole that fits to the foot and works with you, it also helps with posture and balance.

Lightweight and made from recycled material

EVA is lightweight and extremely flexible. Even in low temperatures it doesn’t harden, and because it is made from foam, there is a lot of air contained and therefore is lighter than rubber. It is easily recyclable, meaning it is rather environmentally friendly. ※The insole is not removable 

Using a traditional shoe that has incredible features to help benefit our everyday lifestyle.


Using a traditional style shoe, we have looked to make a shoe that not only feels and looks good, but also is comfortable and light. We think we have created a shoe that can support you in your current day lifestyle!

The tabi has its links back to the 8th century, in the form of a traditional sock! Used when wearing items such as geta sandals when in formal attire, they are now used today during events such as matsuri (festivals) and ceremonial occasions, as well as traditional art forms such as Kabuki, and Geisha dancing.

The Jika Tabi is a style of shoe, that has roots in more active work. It today is used by the agriculture industry but it is also used during traditional festivals.

Tabi are said to be good for your feet. They allow you to feel the ground beneath you more, as well as making you grip the ground more, strengthening your muscles as well as helping to stop bunions.


The last that is used is based on a wooden pattern over 100 years old!

It may seem simple to just put a split in the shoe, but it is not so. The Sports Jog AIR uses a last that has been exclusively used for jika tabi for over 100 years! This is to make sure the parting is done properly to give you maximum comfort!

NEW MODEL FOR KICKSTARTER 

The grey version is a version that we want to offer to Kickstarter Backers first! This project is mainly to raise the funds needed to pay for the prototyping that goes into the creation of a new colour, as well as putting that new colour into production. 




Upper: Polyester

Insole: EVA Resin

Sole: Rubber

Weight of one shoe: approx 240g (26cm size)

Country of Manufacturing: China

We recommend that you have about 50-100mm of space for the tips of your toes. 

We recommend that you measure your foot’s length and circumference to choose the best size for you. It is also best to get someone to measure for you as it will affect the measurement if you try to do it by yourself.




How to measure your feet

  • Open your legs to be equal to your shoulders.
  • Put your weight equally on your feet
  • Look straight ahead.
  • Have someone measure your feet, if there is a difference between the two, choose the larger of the sizes.
     

Items you need:

Sheet of paper (If possible you can print off a sizing chart from below), a pencil, a set square, a ruler (30cm long at least), and a tape measure

You can find the measuring sheet here

If you print the above, please do so on A4 Paper. 2 sheets will print, so please fit them together and use them to measure.


●Measuring the length of your foot (For those that have printed off the sheet start from [2])

[1]Draw a straight line across the paper using the ruler and set square.

[2]With the very edge of your heel at the first point (A) place your foot on the straight line and place the set square at the end of the toe that points out the furthest.

[3] From here draw a straight line and then measure the distance between (A) and (B)



●Measuring the circumference of your foot

Placing the tape measure around the joints of your big toe and your pinky toe so that the tape measure is at the points that stick out the most, measure the complete length around your foot. You can cut a tape measure from the sheet that was provided to be used to measure.


■How to wash

You can wash the Sport Jog AIR by hand. When you do, please use a neutral detergent. Use cold or warm water, and remove any dirt from the shoe and then rinse the shoe over again.

■How to dry

Please don’t dry in direct sunlight or use a dryer, but instead place in a well ventilated place in the shade, shape the shoe properly and leave to dry

■How to store

Please store in a well ventilated, cool place, which isn’t subject to direct sunlight.

Please don’t store in places like the following. If you do it might cause damage to the shoes:

  • Somewhere in direct sunlight
  • Somewhere that a home heater might affect them
  • In a car where it can get extremely hot
  • A place where the temperature can become high

■Points of caution when you use the shoes

  • As the fabric uses strong colours, the colour may run a little when they get overly wet, the colour may also transfer to other fabrics.
  • Please choose the appropriate size of shoes for your feet. If you don’t do so, it may cause foot pain and so on. If the fabric used causes a rash or allergic reaction, please refrain from using them.
  • Please be careful to not use knives or sharp objects near the shoes as it may cut the fabric.
  • Before use, please check that there aren’t any holes or so on, especially on the soles of the shoe. Please don’t use it if the grip of the shoes has been overly worn down.


Project Creator|Rakuful Co.

We at Rakuful look to bring various items designed or created in Japan to the rest of the world!


Manufacturers | Shoes Manufacturers MARUGO Co.

MARUGO is based in Kurashiki City, Okayama Prefecture. This is said to be the manufacturing centre of Jika Tabi (the shoe version, not the socks type).

Jika tabi were originally made to protect the feet of farm and agricultural workers, but they were recognised overseas as being comfortable to wear shoes and used as martial arts footwear. With many people requesting shoes that looked more stylish from overseas users, we took that in mind, and came up with a variety of new designs that incorporated the already amazing design of jika tabi. 

Jika Tabi have been around for over 100 years as traditional Japanese footwear. This type of footwear has continued being used because they fit the feet well,, while also being useful when a worker wishes to keep their balance. We want to convey these amazing shoes more to people all over the world, and so we can create these various designs that incorporate this amazing type of footwear.

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

Project Starts January 18th

Project Ends March 4th

Shoes prepared to be shipped June 2022

Shoes arrive to backers September 2022 

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¥5,090 or more $43 | KS Special Sports Jog AIR x1

Get yourself a pair of the Sport Jog AIR, perfect for not only training in and working in, but also just as an everyday day shoe in general! This is 5% off the RRP!
You can choose from 4 different colours after the project finishes!
Grey / Black / White / Red
Choose from sizes 22cm-30cm after the project finishes!

INCLUDES:
Sports Jog AIR

¥8,653 or more $76 | Early Bird Sports Jog AIR x2

Get yourself two pairs of the Sport Jog AIR, perfect for not only training in and working in, but also just as an everyday day shoe in general! This is 15% off the RRP!
You can choose from 4 different colours after the project finishes!
Grey / Black / White / Red
Choose from sizes 22cm-30cm after the project finishes!

INCLUDES:
2× Sports Jog AIR

¥11,453 or more $100| Super Early Bird Sports Jog AIR x3

Get yourself three pairs of the Sport Jog AIR, perfect for not only training in and working in, but also just as an everyday day shoe in general! This is 25% off the RRP!
You can choose from 4 different colours after the project finishes!
Grey / Black / White / Red
Choose from sizes 22cm-30cm after the project finishes!

INCLUDES:
3× Sports Jog AIR

¥14,252 or more $125| Early Bird Sports Jog AIR Full Set

Get yourself four pairs of the Sport Jog AIR, perfect for not only training in and working in, but also just as an everyday day shoe in general! This is 30% off the RRP!
You will get one of each of the following colours!
Grey / Black / White / Red
Choose from sizes 22cm-30cm after the project finishes!

INCLUDES:
4× Sports Jog AIR

¥4,327 or more $38 | Super Early Bird Sports Jog AIR x1

Get yourself a pair of the Sport Jog AIR, perfect for not only training in and working in, but also just as an everyday day shoe in general! This is 15% off the RRP!
You can choose from 4 different colours after the project finishes!
Grey / Black / White / Red
Choose from sizes 22cm-30cm after the project finishes!

INCLUDES:
Sports Jog AIR

¥4,581 or more $40 | Early Bird Sports Jog AIR x1

Get yourself a pair of the Sport Jog AIR, perfect for not only training in and working in, but also just as an everyday day shoe in general! This is 10% off the RRP!
You can choose from 4 different colours after the project finishes!
Grey / Black / White / Red
Choose from sizes 22cm-30cm after the project finishes!

INCLUDES:
Sports Jog AIR

¥8,144 or more $71 | Super Early Bird Sports Jog AIR x2

Get yourself two pairs of the Sport Jog AIR, perfect for not only training in and working in, but also just as an everyday day shoe in general! This is 20% off the RRP!
You can choose from 4 different colours after the project finishes!
Grey / Black / White / Red
Choose from sizes 22cm-30cm after the project finishes!

INCLUDES:
2× Sports Jog AIR
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