I may not look like much, but I’m an expert at pretending to be a ninja.

May 6, 2013

And that’s what I did the other day, with my newly acquired Jika – Tabi shoes I got from Ebay! Have you ever heard of tabi shoes before? They look bizarre don’t they? Some people commented they look like hooves, others were just perplexed and looked at me like I am crazy and it didn’t matter explaining that they are actually quite common in Japan. That’s right, they’re actually common work shoes in the land of the Rising Sun! They were invented in the 20th Century but were modeled after the traditional tabi socks, that divide and separate the big toe from the rest of its toe brothers. In case you are wondering, they are quite comfortable but would be best worn with tabi socks underneath, not tights like I did.

I was so happy to finally receive the shoes that I wanted to wear them the next day so quite unusually, I planned my outfit the previous night and drew it on the computer:

That was fun, I should do it more often! And this is what it looked like in real life:

And the details are…. *drumroll* : Bauble hat – Neiman Marcus collection for Target (on sale),  Peplum Skirt – Ebay, Navy Top – Joules, thrifted on my trip to StamfordTights – Primark, Tabi Shoes – Ebay

I’m linking this up to Patty’s Visible Monday at Not Dead Yet Style as there’s nothing more inconspicuous than a strange pair of footwear.

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  • Reply Patti @ NotDeadYet Style May 6, 2013 at 13:31

    So cute. Love a peplum skirt and your new tabi shoes. Thanks for sharing your cool look with Visible Monday.

    • Reply Mrs. D May 7, 2013 at 16:08

      You are most welcome. Thank you for your wonderful blog!

  • Reply Andrea Deal May 6, 2013 at 14:00

    I like those crazy boots! It’s funny, they are really not that odd and yet, there is something about them that seems alien-like.

    • Reply Mrs. D May 7, 2013 at 16:08

      They’re great 😀

  • Reply Señora Allnut May 6, 2013 at 14:19

    love your japanese shoes, really love every pair you’ve showed here, and this pair is simply genuine and funny!! I’ve never saw this kind of shoes out of japanese comics or films!, fabulous!
    you always look lovely!

    • Reply Mrs. D May 7, 2013 at 16:10

      Thank you! I love Japanese style and design, it’s so different sometimes!

  • Reply SACRAMENTO May 6, 2013 at 14:55

    They look so lovely. Are they comfortable.

    • Reply Mrs. D May 7, 2013 at 16:10

      Yes, they’re fairly comfortable 🙂

  • Reply PinkCheetahVintage May 6, 2013 at 15:34

    omg!!!! aaaagh! They don’t look comfy!! Are you sure they’re comfortable? You keep it fun 🙂
    Becky <3

    • Reply Mrs. D May 7, 2013 at 16:10

      They really are!

  • Reply pastcaring May 6, 2013 at 20:49

    They are quite bizarre, and as someone who can’t wear anything with a toe post because I find it so uncomfortable, I remain to be convinced that they are comfy! But as always you look super cool and stylish, Sara! Hope you are feeling OK. xxxx

    • Reply Mrs. D May 7, 2013 at 16:25

      If you hate flip flops and similar things steer clear… but I don’t mind the toe splitting factor so they’re fine for me 🙂
      Thank youxxx

  • Reply Retro Spendthrift May 7, 2013 at 00:54

    Cute outfit and shoes! Are they comfortable?

    • Reply Mrs. D May 7, 2013 at 16:25

      Thanks for stopping by! They really are!

  • Reply Val Sparkle May 7, 2013 at 01:53

    They are bizarre, but I think they look comfortable. And it’s always good to make people think that you might be part satyr or Satan’s spawn. I like the blue toes!

    • Reply Mrs. D May 7, 2013 at 16:29

      They look strange indeed! Agreed on the second bit, it pretty funny 🙂

  • Reply Vix May 7, 2013 at 16:35

    I’ve always wanted the rubber version of those! Loved my second-hand Air Rifts back in the 1990s! You look fabulous. x

    • Reply Mrs. D May 7, 2013 at 17:04

      Thanks! Oh the 90’s…. good times!

  • Reply Clare May 9, 2013 at 23:34

    I really love tabi shoes, you’ll have to let us know how you get on with them! The rest of your outfit reminds me of a studio Ghibli character, which is a very good thing… so it all fits beautifully! Xx

    • Reply Mrs. D May 10, 2013 at 17:26

      I love Studio Ghibli characters, what a lovely thing to say! Thank you 🙂

  • Reply Ulla-Marie May 10, 2013 at 07:11

    Having pain – and having pain for a long time makes you get in a bad mood, get sad and so on. So tough to yourself knowing that there’s something wrong in the body but not to gain understanding. Now you certainly appear to be in good spirits with the fine headdress!

    • Reply Mrs. D May 10, 2013 at 17:25

      Absolutely! It really doesn’t help at all. Now things should be better, if only because of understanding what is wrong 🙂

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