Geta made with Aizu straight-grained paulownia wood.
This special Geta made of Aizu straight-grained pattern of wood, is totally different from the other clogs in terms of how it is made . Our Geta is made by one of the most renowned expert craftsman who craves the Geta from one block of wood.
This kind of Geta has been called Senryo and it was originated by a request from a Kabuki actor. For this reason the Senryo Geta is known for its beautiful shape and style.
The quality and fit is so comfortable, that in general the Geta will fit all sizes, in general 26 cm Large in Japan. However, we have asked the craftsman to have a larger size which will fit sizes from 29cm to 32cm, in our hope that more people worldwide can enjoy this Geta made of straight-grained wood of Aizu Paulownia.
material： Aizu Paulownia. hand crafted in JapanMedium size 26 cmLarge size 28 cm
For the Geta or the Japanese clogs generally paulownia wood is used.
The paulownia wood is not only light in weight but also soft in touch and has a low thermal conductivity, therefore has the advantage of not feeling the cold.
Among the domestic paulownia Fukushima Prefecture Aizu region is famous for the most valuable and finest quality in terms of aesthetics.
The features in which Aizu paulownia is the finest quality:
The material is dense, shiny and with moderate hardness
Annual ring is clear and the wood grain is very beautiful
The reason for the good quality of paulownia can be found in the climate (with a large amount of snow during the winter) of the Aizu in which the paulownia grown.
Since the old days the Japanese has been particularly fond of the straight grain. The straight grain cut can be seen in many of the interior of the old Japanese-style buildings. The reason for the preference of the straight grain is the advantage in functionality which is strong to warping and shrinkage compared to the cross-grain; also clean pattern of the fine straight grain appeals to the Japanese sense of beauty.
This special Geta made of Aizu straight-grained pattern of wood, is totally different from the other clogs in terms of how it is made. Our Geta is made by one of the most renowned expert craftsman who craves the Geta from one block of wood.
Wearing of traditional Japanese footwear
When wearing Kimono, one will naturally wear a traditional Japanese footwear such as Geta, Setta and Zori.
Many people, including the Japanese, who have worn shoes have difficulty when wearing a Geta or Setta, many say that there is pain or develop blisters on their feet and it’s difficult to walk in. Of course, this is true for any sandals.
There are two major reasons for this:
1 The space of the Hanao does not fit your feet
Recently, most of the Geta and Setta sold in Japan have thongs called Hanao already fixed on the base of the Geta or Setta.
Originally , and quality made Geta, one would choose the base of the footwear, and the skilled craftsman would fix the Hanao tailored to your feet. Geta and Setta with Hanao fixed from the beginning , like any shoes it may not fit your foot, and it will cause an abrasion and blisters.
It is best to have the “ Hanao” fixed by a Geta tailor.
2 As noted one does not walk in Geta the same way as one walk in shoes
First, remember the two following points:.
1) Different from shoes, the traditional Japanese footwear such as Geta or Setta , your heel should stick out about 2-3 centimeters (1-1.5 inches ) from the base. (The purpose is to not entangle the hem of the Kimono.)
2) The Hanao comes between your big toe and second toe. Leave a little space between the Hanao and the toes. If you put the Hanao deep in between the toes, the may cause abrasion.
The unique way to walking in Geta is, first bend your knees a little and relax your legs. To walk, do not kick the ground with the Geta, but tilt forward from an upright position, and place the front of the Geta on the ground. At the same time, place the other leg (Geta) parallel on the floor. in other words, make your body as relaxed as possible, transfer your weight forward, and move forward using the tilt of the Geta.