Geta are a type of traditional Japanese sandal typically worn with yukata. Though they come in many fashionable designs these days, traditional geta are made with a wood base for the foot and thongs made of fabric. But the most fascinating kind of the geta are the ones that have “teeth” underneath the wooden sole. Usually two or three of these strips of wood elevate the sandal off the ground, though they can make walking a little tricky and in some cases painful if wearing them incorrectly.
Because they require a special way of walking, some people think geta are a great tool for health and beauty. They say wearing geta can help improve posture and build strength in the core and in the legs, which is why they’re even used by Olympic figure skaters for training. Some geta makers even take this to the extreme to make geta designed for health, like these single-toothed geta called “Fraing.”
According to the designers, there are multiple benefits with the Fraing geta. First, they say you can easily feel how they’re helping you improve. Initially, you may have trouble merely standing still in these geta, but the more you wear them, the better you’ll get at walking in them, so you can naturally see your progression.
Second, because these geta require a lot of concentration to stand in, never mind walk in, the design team says that wearing them regularly helps foster healthy habits that improve your posture and sense of balance as well as train your core and leg muscles.