Geta are a traditional type of footwear in Japan. They give the wearer enough height to keep the lovely kimono from getting dragged in the mud or snow.
Although Kirigeta (paulownia geta) was the main producer for Geta at that time, Hita city also began making Geta around the late 19th to early 20th century, making use of the high quality cider and pine lumbers growing in the Hita valley. After 1907, machines were brought to the factories, and mass production commenced. Hita Gate was then distributed all over Japan, becoming one of the top three Geta manufacturers nationwide, along with Shizuoka and Matsunaga (Hiroshima). As Japanese peoples’ life style has evolved over the years, Hita has adjusted by adding contemporary style shoes and regular sandals to its arsenal. As a result, Hita is known today as the city of footwear.
There’s no difference between right and left feet Geta.
Geta is the footwear that is generally used with Kimono. However, they are quite comfortable and may be nice for your feet after wearing your shoes all day. Some people wear Geta around the house and on weekends. A geta’s surface is flat and hard. The big and long toes need to get a grip of the laces.
These subtle toe movements stimulate important acupuncture points, which promotes blood circulation for the entire body. Geta being flat is good for one’s posture as well, which can relieve some back and shoulder pain. Acupuncture points between the big and long toes are also connected to the eyes and neck, so wearing Geta may be good for when you are tired of sitting in front of your desk.
Geta come in only one-width size and use laces for adjustments. You can have them adjusted to fit your feet right at the store.