Absolutely the goofiest shoes I have seen in I do not know how many years. I need
sex sox. I saw a man wearing these at Tokyo Designer Week (TDW) and just had to stop him and ask to take these photos. We were laughing too much (he was laughing as much as me, at me, as I was at his shoes) to actually share any information on these. If you know more, please share!
One of the things you see a lot of in Japan are the old tiny stores selling traditional things. Here’s one gloriously over stocked hakimonoya, a traditional foot wear store that I passed in Omiya city in Saitama prefecture north of Tokyo. The Japanese merchant custom of putting a lot of their wares on the street is naturally due to small spaces and the fact that Japanese shops, restaurants and cafes love having huge menus, lots of choices to pick from. All kinds of Japanese stores have huge choices! I have never been in the market for these kinds of traditional footwear so I wouldn’t be able to identify half of these items or the prices, but it’s great to see these hold out stores in local neighborhoods.