A Japanese Shoe Shop

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If you have never seen a Japanese clog, you will be interested in this picture. All these flat boards with their horseshoe-shaped uppers are shoes. And you can buy a pair for 10 cents. The price depends on the kind and the finish of the wood, and the quality of the uppers. The lad on the stool has a pair of clogs on, so you can see how they are worn. The Japanese sock has a separate "stall" for the great toe. The thong that fastens the uppers to the wooden soles rests between the great and the second toes. Clogs are therefore easy to remove, and this is one reason the Japanese like them, for they do not wear their shoes in the house. Clogs are also good to keep the foot of the wearer from becoming damp. Japan has such heavy rainfall in the summer that this is a decided point in favor of clogs. But they are cold, noisy on the streets, and tend to flatten the feet. What kind of shoes did the American Indians wear? You will recall, however, that Japan like many other eastern countries has few animals. Leather is scarce. Therefore shoes had to be made in early times from some materials the Japanese had at hand. The simple wooden sole with the simple upper came into use. Clogs are not unlike the sandals of the Greeks and Romans. They are easier to remove, but are not so neat as the European sandal. The wooden shoe of the Hollander you have seen, or at least know about. In Japan many American shoes have been sold in recent years. The Japanese in the United States have no trouble with our shoes. They object chiefly to the fact that our close fitting shoes "make feet smell bad." How is the leather obtained that is in our shoes? Where are most of our shoes made? What does pair of your shoes cost? Keystone ID: 14058 Note: All titles, descriptions, and location coordinates are from the original Keystone Slide documentation as supplied by the Keystone View Company. No text has been edited or changed.
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