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風呂敷 Strange Sole: Japanese Furoshiki Wrap Shoes Emerge

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Get ready to wrap your head around what is possibly one of the strangest products to hit the foot world since Japan’s Baby Foot Peel: Vibram’s Furoshiki wraparound shoes, a one-size fits all sneaker that has no laces and literally wraps around your foot like it’s a tiny, athletic present.


From Italy’s Vibram, a company known for its FiveFingers line of minimalist footwear, Furoshiki shoes are made out of a rubber wave grip sole, a fabric toe box and side extensions that wrap around each of your feet and attach with Velcro for a personalized, truly perfect fit. Designed by Japanese designer Masaya Hashimoto, the shoes were inspired by Japanese furoshiki ( 風呂敷 ) — small pieces of cloth used to wrap and carry gifts and other items. 

The comfortable, futuristic-looking shoes have no laces, are easy to get on and off, and can be used for a variety of activities including athletics, outdoor activities, watersports, and traveling. They’re currently being sold on Vibram’s Japaense site for $110 per pair.

Kambra Clifford

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