Toebiter tabi slippers, and thoughts on going barefoot

Posted on Nov 12, 2013 in Blog, tabi socks

toebitA few years ago, a friend gave me a pair of traditional Japanese carpenter shoes (jika-tabi), made of cotton fabric, with a split toe and thin rubber soles. Winter was coming, so I thought only of encasing my bony cold feet in warm wool to ward off frostbite while at home in my 1885 brick row house in New England. I’ve since made a ton of these felted tabi slippers (Toebiters) for myself, friends, and others who buy them at my shop on Etsy. I think of them as deconstructionist-influenced and pretty crafty. Martin Margiela meets Commes des Garcons at Frenchy’s.…