Tabi are traditional Japanese socks, with the big toe separated, to allow the wearing of geta, zori or waraji. Because are made of cotton canvas, they often look more like a boot than a sock.
During the modern period a version for outside wearing appeared, with rubber soles but still with separate big toe, called jika-tabi. Invented by a company called Tabi Socks Tyre Division (which later evolved into the well known Bridgestone Corporation), the jika-tabi can be seen today worn by construction workers, farmers and rickshaw drivers.
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