ISSUE 58  |  On the Mountain

Garden Style Inspired by Japanese Workmen

February 08, 2013 2:00 PM

BY Alexa Hotz

These Japanese garden boots or nagagutsu daichi (earth boots) are known for their tactile contact with the ground; they also bear an element of quirky style (think Maison Martin Margiela Tabi Boots for the garden).

Oxford store Objects of Use (see our post on Shopper’s Diary: Objects of Use in Oxford) is currently carrying Rubber Jika-Tabi Gardening Boots; a split toed wellington made from vulcanized rubber with nylon reinforcement. The split toed shoe is traditionally the go-to boot for Japanese workmen, agriculturalists, and soldiers because of its agility-bestowing properties.

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Above: The Rubber Jika-Tabi Garden Boots garden boots feature thin and flexible rubber that is surprisingly tough and fold up small for traveling; £47.50 from Objects of Use.

(N.B.: Join the conversation about the ultimate pair of gardening boots.)

700_japanese-socks-gunsokuAbove: The garden boots can be worn with Gunsoku Socks (soldier’s socks) are made from cotton with a reinforced toe and heel. Available in one size, the socks are £7.50 from Objects of Use.

N.B.: Looking for the perfect garden outfit? See our post on The Well Dressed Gardener.

(This is an update of a post originally published September 3, 2012.)