Post Reply Shoes for Japanese schools?
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Posted 12/18/15
I was wondering what the type of shoe the kids wear in school setting anime. Every day they change into this shoe and put the shoes they wear outside in the shoe locker. Its doesn't look like a house slipper has a rubber toe but just curious because I am not from Japan
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Traditionally, it's a really basic canvas slip-on shoe; the American equivalent would be a simple women's Keds shoe, if you've ever seen those. Over time, they've gotten a bit more colorful and the soles have gotten a bit larger, so that some of them (especially the little kids ones) almost look like Crocs.

They do this, because Japan is EXTREMELY fastidious about not wearing outdoor shoes in-doors. They make exceptions in "Western" buildings: hotels, office buildings, etc. But in any traditional Japanese context--and school counts--you don't wear your out-door shoes inside. You might wear socks or bare feet or indoor shoes (like the uwabaki) or slippers of some kind. But that shoe should not be worn outside. If it's an inside shoe, it stays inside.

Also, you never wear ANY shoe on a tatami mat. Not even slippers. Socks are fine, but nothing more than that.
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Posted 12/18/15
Thanks for responses was curious- thinking about going to Japan with a huge crew of Janitors maybe visit couple schools keep the kids from doing cleaning chores land some contracts
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Posted 12/19/15
When I visited Japan 12 years ago, I was actually pretty put off by the shoe rules. It's so insanely anal when you're actually there and experiencing it for yourself. I'm just not a huge fan of doggedly doing something like that purely for the sake of tradition. The schools I would visit were often pretty dingy regardless of whether or not I was being forced to stick my size 13 feet into a size 7 slipper.

No shoes in the house? Fine by me we even do that here quite often. No shoes on tatami? Fine by me, that's a totally a understandable and sensible tradition. But the freaking school rule drove me nuts. Visiting schools was a huge part of the trip I was on, so I was having to spend a large amount of time walking around and doing various activities in large campuses in the most cramped slippers ever and I was not a happy camper.
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