Friday, June 26, 2009

While I'm about the business...

of tasteless products, can someone 'splain me these shoes?:





Um, ew.




Why?

Why the split-toe action? I can't figure it out. I can't imagine what function would inspire such a form.
Not cute.

14 comments:

OrangeNeckInNY said...

What about those individually toed socks? Scary. *shudder*

HollyB said...

maybe these are tightrope walker shoes?

And OrangeNeck...those socks are WARM!

Midwest Chick said...

I think they are supposed to look like Ninja shoes (http://www.martialartsmart.net/16-0807.html) but they look like a goat's hoof to me.

Rustmeister said...

You've found the fabled Golden Ninja slippers!

rob said...

They are supposed to (key word there) make you walk/run more naturally. There is a good article about these sorta shoes over on Atomic Nerds.

Anonymous said...

Because the big toe tends to be more prehensile than the other digits, and because the Japanese leave their shoes at the door and walk around in socks, AND because traditionally most actions occur on the floor in a Japanese house, these socks were developed for the obese. That is, instead of having to reach across your gut for a pot of tea on the other side of the table, you simply stretch out your foot 'n grabbit.....

No?

Oh.

g bro said...

Creepy! Mindful of certain ungulates.

Jon said...

Goodness. My mind boggles at the obscene jokes that came to my mind when I read your question: "Why the split toe action?"

I need to go wash my mind out with soap.

Rabbit said...

My ex's hooves are much too symmetrical to wear those.

I did run onto these the other day, though. Given my proclivity to be unshod in life, I might go look at them, just for grins.

http://www.vibramfivefingers.com/

I'm concerned about puncture resistance, though.

Rabbit.

OrangeNeckInNY said...

Holly, regular socks are warm too.

Rabbit, can I get a pair of those in "Bigfoot" size?

Rabbit said...

Probably. Here's a link to a store that has much better descriptions and photos.

http://www.kayakshed.com/Vibram_Five_Fingers.cfm

Sizing is in Euro/UK sizes, but they have a conversion chart.

Regards,
Rabbit.

Christina LMT said...

Maybe they're for those gals who wear their spandex a wee bit too tight? You know, so they match, top to bottom?

I'm bad, I know. I think I need to borrow Jon's soap...

J.R.Shirley said...

Okay, jokes aside: the split toes are so you can wear slippers/socks with sandals, since many sandals are held on by a strap between big toe & 4th toe.

John, recovering tabi wearer.

DirtCrashr said...

Tabi for Geta? From what I remember, Japanese house-shoes are made of wood and a bit like flip-flops, but instead of heels they use two raised cross-beams for elevation. The hoops, because they're uniquely Japanese designed, are set symmetrically in the center rather than off-set.
And because they're Japanese and very clean they are worn with socks that have a split for the toe. And this is some Nike variation on the sock.
?