How To Make Jika-Tabi (Outdoor Ninja Shoes)

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Jika-tabi are a type of shoe usually worn in japan. They are like socks with a rubber sole(see second picture) and are very comfortable. But, if your like me, you don't have the $40 required to get a pair. :(   so, i invented a way to make them yourself! you may have seen the instructable: , and so i thank "a splosion" for the insperation so i could upgrade his running shoes.
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Step 1: Supplies

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You Will Need:
~ crocs ( a type of foam shoe, but the sole from any shoe will work. you can find crocs here:!672124011%2Cn%3A679255011%2Cn%3A679313011%2Cp_4%3Acrocs%2Cp_36%3A679782011&bbn=679313011&ie=UTF8&qid=1296089127 but you can look around for what works.)
~ hot glue (you will need the gun too)
~ two pairs of socks
that's it!
for any questions refer to pictures.

Step 2: Clean The Crocs!

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I had an old pair of crocs, (they wouldn't fit me any more, but now they do!) but they were covered in mud! So i cleaned them!

The crocs will have to be free of all mud to let the hot glue stick well. They will also need to be as dry as possible.

Step 3: Cut The Groove.

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Now that the crocs are clean you will need to remove the sole from it.

to do this is a fairly straightforwards process... use the scissors to cut along the groove between the sole and top "sandal" part.

follow the illustration:
It looks excellent, but how hard is the sole I am wondering? I was thinking of using semi-hardened leather so that it has a good grip and can still move silently.
Fixemup932 years ago
This really does look like a good way to use Crocs! And since I also practice Parkour(amateur for now), I can see how it can work.
TheWrvith3 years ago
Parkour is a great way to keep your body in shape, and the best means to get away from a pursuer while on foot.

Jika tabi are quite useful for parkour, ESPECIALLY for climbing fences.

If you want a good local workout, go and find the tallest fence you can find ( the best ones are at schools, and near ball parks), and climb it as far as you can go using only your hands and shoes.

Jika tabi come in handy because you can position your toes in between the link in the fence, and have firmer control over your actions.
freerunnin13 years ago
Nice! But... there not tabi :/ tabi are Japanese split toed boots, there used in parkour a lot due to them being light, tight to the foot and have great grip for climbing, the split toe can be used to climb a rope :P
fastlines49s (author)  freerunnin13 years ago
Your right, these are not tabi, but a cheap tabi substitute! I do parkour and these work really well. They are light, they have very good grip, and shock absorbsion for big jumps from the foam. Sadly they do not have the split toe, but hopefully by next October I will have made a split-toe version... And of corse I will post that too!

:) you should try these, I'm wearing mine right now! They are super comfortable.
Really? I do parkour to! But I renamed it Skoosing (skoo-sing) because I'm in Australia!
ah you crazy aussies! :D