GETA craftsman: Masashi Mizutori
GETA craftsman: Masashi Mizutori had an idea, a concept.
He looked again at traditional GETA These do not distinguish between left and right, and it takes time for the GETA and the wearer's foot to become mutually attuned. mizutori reasoned that if the GETA were to fit the form of the foot, and if the straps were affixed so that they wrap around, enfold the instep of each foot, they would provide day-long comfort.
In 1988, mizutori began crafting “comfortable-to-wear GETA”.
- A mizutori GETA monogatari –
This is a story, or monogatari, about mizutori and the Hamamatsu May Festival, which celebrates that year's shincha, or nouveau green tea. A designer who lived in Hamamatsu-city, came to consult mizutori about complaints made by the tea ladies who served the tea at the festival, who were grumbling about aching feet. They could not find GETA of their own size, and the geta straps chafed their feet. mizutori crafted ten pairs of his special GETA and in addition attached straps which matched the pattern of their kimono. After the festival, the designer told Mizutori “The ladies never took off their geta during the festival this year. I cannot thank you enough.”
Each and every geta is painstakingly handcrafted, and combines the wisdom accumulated in mizutori's own long experience with that of generations of customers. mizutori has combined their Japanese geta know-how with the latest international footwear technologies, Western and Oriental foot care consciousness for healthy feet, and designer style, to create New GETA and Beyond GETA, for the lifestyles of today.
The mizutori original footwear product range exists in five series:
Hand-sculptured geta, Shizuoka hinoki-wood geta, BLADE for men only, m2 (em-ni) mizutori material collaboration, m×d designer collaboration.
Enjoy the warmth of hand-sculptured GETA:
Craftsmen hand-sculpt these GETA, one by one from the natural wood to fit the sole comfortably.
Straps are lined with soft materials and fixed on the base of each GETA, to gently enfold the foot instep.
Leading edge design:
These stylish GETA can be worn with dresses and are popular for their comfort. You are tempted to wear them every day.
The classic mizutori line for the family to enjoy.
Size: Men's, Ladies', Big (Standard only)
Mature and Craft available only in Regular sizes.
Standard available also in Big sizes 28, 29, 30, 32cm, for those non-Japanese-sized feet! See Size Conversion Chart.
Heel: 3.5cm (1.38 inch approx)
Standard for Kids
Crafted specially to help children’s feet grow healthily.
Size: 16, 18, 20cm. See Size Conversion Chart.
Heel: 3.5cm (1.38 inch approx)
Walk happily and beautifully with Standard.
Comfortable heel height.
Heel: 6.5cm (2.56 inch approx)
Light and feminine silhouette.
Swing feels almost flat.
Heel: 4.5cm (1.77 inch approx)
Shizuoka hinoki-wood geta
Tradition and Innovation:
Innovatively styled geta modeled on Japanese traditional footwear to fit modern life style.
Japanese chic and aesthetic sense:
Simple expression of Japanese sensibility and chic life style.
Live with nature:
Mizutori continue to use local Shizuoka hinoki Japanese cypress. The feel of this very special wood on the skin imparts a soothing feeling, as if one is in the middle of nature.
A man's geta, made from Shizuoka hinoki Japanese Cypress, and modelled on traditional men's Setta sandals.
Geta with comfortable wedge shape heels, designed with the intelligent woman in mind. The shape of new tradition.
The size of the wooden base is the same for small, medium and large. The strap position can be adjusted for size.
Heel: 6.5cm (2.56 inch approx)
BLADE: geta for men
Geta for men, designed with the Japanese sword as motif.
m2 (em-ni): Material collaboration
Mizutori has created new geta using materials developed in collaboration with prominent Japanese designers and artists.
m2 represents the combination of the “m” of Mizutori with the “m” of materials.
m × d Designer collaboration
Mizutori has collaborated with prominent Japanese designers and artists to create their unique New Geta and Beyond Geta
HIBINOKODUE × MIZUTORI
Hinoki (Japanese cypress) footwear.
Straight line style
Curved line style
Kodue Hibino Costume artist
Born in Shizuoka. Kodue Hibino studied visual communication design at Tokyo Art University. She has worked as a costume designer in a wide range of fields: theatre, dance, ballet, films, TV, etc. Ms Hibino has held many exhibitions, and is a winner of many awards, including the Mainichi Fashion Award and the Shiseido Award. She designs the costumes for two current NHK series.
Natural fashioned hinoki treats your feet
Shizuoka hinoki is fashioned with a special compressor and curved to treat your foot firmly yet gently. Breathe the forest with all your senses.
DRILL DESING × MIZUTORI
The design studio of Yusuke Hayashi and Yoko Anzai. Their main activity is product design. They also do graphic design, package design and space design. Winners of many awards including the 2008 Good Design Award Special Award.
Realize comfort never before achieved!
The DRILL DESIGN mizutori geta have a structure in which the sole bends, respecting the movement of the foot. This is achieved by having a sole consisting of two pieces of hinoki, joined with a flexible material. The hinoki sole allows the foot to enjoy the woody feel of real hinoki. Allow your feet to savor this wooden footwear that feels warm in winter and cool in summer.
Mizutori carried out a joint study with Shizuoka University to investigate the relationship between mizutori geta and health.
Geta-monogatari footwear was used in these experiments. The findings were as follows.
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●Improved blood circulation of the sole of the foot.
Before and after a 30 minute walk.
●Unhealthy, 'floating toe' problem reduced, shows improved 'centering' of the body.
Before and after a 30 minute walk. Subjects: Students in teens and 20s who do not usually wear geta.
● Relaxed, calm feeling.
Subjects who do not usually wear geta felt relaxed, and found the Mizutori geta easy to wear and easy to walk in.
● More balanced, closer to ideal posture .
The knee angle and slope of the shoulder was measured before and after a 10-minute walk.
Subjects: Women in 60 – 70s.
● Larger stride, closer to ideal posture.
Stimulated the muscles of the lower trunk, as when exercising or training.
It is thought that Mizutori geta may be useful for muscle training.
Electrical discharge of the rectus femoris and calf muscles were measured during a 10-minute treadmill walk.
● Sense of cheerfulness, happiness.
Mizutori geta reduce muscular stress, and allow smoother walking that appears easier.
*There were individual differences in the results.
Studies carried out in 2003 and 2011, at Shizuoka University Faculty of Education, Continuing Education, Department of Sport, by Professor Yoshiaki Yokoyama
and Professor Mieko Nakano.
What can we do to secure a better tomorrow?
Why does Mizutori use more costly, local Shizuoka hinoki Japanese Cypress?
Local forests in Shizuoka had been abandoned and uncared for, due to reliance on cheaper imports. Planned, sustainable forestry care, with planting of young trees, is now helping our local forests recover, and play their part in absorbing CO2. We are blessed by our forests, and Mizutori thinks that we should do something for them in return.
Our product lines: Hinoki no hakimono, Sajin, SHIKIBU and two piece use local Shizuoka