Geta are traditional Japanese footwear that resemble both clogs and flip-flops. They are a kind of sandal with an elevated wooden base held onto the foot with a fabric thong to keep the foot well above the ground. Geta are worn with traditional Japanese clothing such as kimono or yukata, but also with Western clothing during the summer months.
1890's. Japanese Footwear. A selection of Japanese footwear ranging from geta to zori (bottom) and waraji bottom right). As the above photo clearly shows, there is a large number of styles, depending on the wearer and the usage. Japanese footwear allows free circulation of air around the feet, making it perfect for the hot humid summers of Japan, although a bit cold in winter… The high teeth of the geta kept the wearer’s feet clean during a rainy day on Japan’s notoriously muddy roads.