Modern Geta - Wooden Sandals





Introduction: Modern Geta - Wooden Sandals

Geta are a form of traditional Japanese footwear or sandal with an elevated wooden base held onto the foot with a fabric thong to keep the foot well above the ground.

This version of Wooden Sandals has a rubber feet, so it doesn't make a lot of noise, I added some laser engraved Katsushika Hokusai print onto the Sandals so I can tell which one is right or left.

This project came about when I was at the Haystack Mountain school of craft. I realized that I left my sandal at home but luckily, I was living in the FabLab and have the access to a shopbot and some casting materials. I decided to make my own sandal out of my need.

Step 1: Measurement / Sizing

I traced my feet onto a piece of paper and figured out where to drill the wholes for the straps (the hole right next to the big thumb) After taking the measurement, I model the sandal in SolidWorks. It starts out as a 3D design, but is was taking way to long, so I did the cut out in 2D for faster cut time. For this, you can use Illustrator or any other vector drawing software.

Step 2: Cut Outs / Milling

I used the shopbot to cut out the shape of the shoes and the strap cut outs.

Step 3: Make It Wearable / Adding the Strap

I used a piece of burlap as the strap, but you can make this out of plastic sting or anything that feels comfortable on your feet. I started from the center hole pulling the burlap down below the shoes, them apply hot glue to secure them in position. I made sure that as I am pulling up, some of the hot glue carries to the top of the hole for better hold. I then measure the length of the strap to make sure that my feet fits comfortably.

Step 4: Customized / Laser Engrave

I used Katsushika Hokusai as pattern for my shoes, I made the drawing into vector for laser cutting. The engraving added extra grip but it might feel a little uncomfortable. I guess we can use clear resign to make the surface flat for not etching it too deep with the laser.

I vectorized the Katsushika Hokusai's The Great Wave off Kanagawa drawing with Illustrator, I then mirror the pattern for the right and left shoes.

Step 5: Casting the Rubber Feet

The wooden sandal makes a lot of noise around the studio, so I decided to add rubber to the feet. I used MOLD MAX 60 part A and part B to make the rubber. They take about 24 hours to cure.

I hot glued temporary fences to contain the rubber casting material, so I can pour the rubber without leaks.

Once it’s cured, it’s ready to perform, without loud walking noises.

Step 6: Thoughts

The down side of the sandal is that it’s a bit heavy but does the trick.



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    5 Discussions

    Very nice pair of geta sandals! I love how the straps are placed quite far to the front.

    I've made several pairs of sandals myself (not geta but more a platform kind of Scholl style). In case you are interested:

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    This sounds like a good instructable because it might be a good torture weapon to walk in. Might have some bloody feet from all those splinters. Not to mention how uncomfortable it is, and how loud it is to walk...

    Iḿ excited to try these but do you think the kind of wood used is important?

    Just making clogs and wondering whether to make leather soles so think I may now do rubber like yours. Thanks for instruct able.

    Very cool sandals! I made some not to long ago as well. Thanks for sharing