Waraji on tatami

Waraji (草鞋) are sandals made from straw rope that were the standard footwear of the common people in Japan.[1]


Waraji resemble other forms of traditional Japanese footwear, such as zōri and geta, with a few key differences. Waraji, due to their historically low-class nature, are considered to be a very informal type of footwear, and are not worn with formal kimono. They are typically not worn with tabi socks, and are woven so that the wearer's toes protrude slightly over the edge of the shoe, a feature not seen in either zōri or geta.

In modern day Japan, waraji are mainly worn by Buddhist monks, with zōri and geta being worn far more commonly by the general population.


Historically, there were a number of different ways of tying waraji straps, with their being no standardised method of attaching the shoes to one's feet.


See also

  • Geta, traditional Japanese wooden clogs
  • Zōri, traditional Japanese sandals
  • Okobo, traditional Japanese wooden platform clogs