Tabi Socks

Traditional Japanese socks have split toes to be worn with strappy sandals (geta) and traditional Japanese clothing such as kimono, Japanese Obi belt, yukata or kimono jacket.

Japanese Tabi socks history dates back to the 15th century. Japan island country began importing cotton from China. Thanks to the import of raw materials, the mass production of socks tabi was made possible, which helped to democratize it among the Japanese people. These lightweight socks became indispensable over the centuries for all types of mens Japanese clothing or Japanese clothing for women.

Over the centuries, the tabi the sock colors have has been regulated to reflect the hierarchical status of people within Japanese society. These traditional socks can go up to the ankle or well up to the knee!

How to wear tabi socks?

We advise you to wear plain socks with a men's Japanese kimono or a women's Japanese kimono, you should wear white socks... They are also essential if you participate in a tea ceremony or for all occasions where you will have to remove your shoes.

In the Japanese culture, it is a sign of respect to take off your shoes when you enter a place (which is suitable of course). Know that in the land of the rising sun, having untidy socks is very frowned upon! The traditional tabi are very stiff because they don't have elastane like our socks do. They have a double layer at the sole and close at the back with ties. 

Today, you can find tabis with all kinds of colors. Some are inspired by manga, or traditional Japanese patterns. This is especially true of our original printed pairs of socks!" 

Japanese printed sock

These are not your classic toe socks, but they are inspired by the designs and symbols of the Japanese world! These high-toe socks are inspired by samurai, geisha, oni demons, kami, nature, the great wave of Kanagawa, and Japanese art in all its splendor especially ukiyo-e art.

The Japanese sock tabi have become an essential fashion accessory to have in his wardrobe for all true fans of kawaii style, Harajuku or hip-hop, The printed symbols of these cotton socks will delight all fans of Japanese Cosplay, manga, and kawaii!"

Tips for your Japanese socks

If you want to put on a man or woman's kimono, we recommend putting on your nice, elegant, and sober socks first! For a classic style, we recommend you to wear our Japanese socks women or men with sneakers shoes. Just make sure you choose your size before ordering (or refer to our size guide).

If you want to perfect a cosplay costume, you can also take a look at our collection of Japanese Geta shoes. We also offer zori wooden sandals there!