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Longevity and FUGU Shoes

We’ve been going Zen-like, in the moment, in this space for a few months now. You know: how great FUGU shoes are, and how great they feel, and how terrific they look. Not to worry: all that still holds true.

With that, we also want to tell you how great they’re going to be, and how great they’ll still feel, and how terrific they’re going to look…a year, two years, three years from now.

FUGU: Aging Gracefully.
FUGU: Aging gracefully.

Because there’s no truer way to describe it than to say that—just like your wonderful self—your FUGUs are going to age extremely well. They’ll get to know your ankle and your sole, your toes and your heel.

Okay, they may not reach the status of man and woman’s best friend, or confessor, or lover, or spouse. And yet, for a pair of shoes that ain’t too shabby.

FUGU: The (old) cat's meow.
FUGU: The (old) cat's meow.

For the record, we’re not saying that your FUGUs should fuse with your DNA. For the sake of peace in the house and the shtink factor: please do everyone a favor and, despite your instincts, take them off at least once a day. Even shoes need to breathe (and so do your neighbors).

But these shoes, man. They’re amazing. The photos peppered throughout this entry are old. These shoes have been down the road, around the corner, to the far reaches of the earth and back. And yet, they’re intact. Dusty around the edges and worn (worn in, not out), but whole.

FUGU: Just hangin' out.
FUGU: Just hangin' out.

Check out the SA-BA and the SA-ME, the UNAGI and the TABI. Whether you’re hiking or dancing, climbing or working or playing, we have a style to match your every mood.

Enjoy the cotton-canvas mixture, the recycled rubber soles, the double Scotch Velcro wraps to keep everything in place. Yes: live long and prosper. That’s for you and your FUGUs.

FUGU. We’ve got you covered. 

TABI Dances on Your Feet

We flew from New York to San Francisco this past weekend and decided this: at least in a heat wave, the weather makes up its mind. In the Bay Area you drive two blocks, the fog rolls in and the temperature drops 20 degrees. Which, of course, got us thinking about footwear and had us wanting some sort of magic solution that can protect like a boot and breathe like a sandal…and look great and bring world peace.

TABI by FUGU

TABI by FUGU

Well, three out of four ain’t bad: FUGU, your home of the cool Japanese shoes, is proud to deliver our TABI footwear. These may not bring about the whole world peace scenario, but they’re so fine that we’re convinced, when you wear them, they’ll at least bring a long pause in any existing hostility in the world.

 TABI: out and about.

TABI: out and about.

TABI seems like a contradiction…until you put them on. They’re light as a feather, yet provide snug protection. They look almost fragile, yet prove that elegant things can also be tough. And even if you’re not a dancer (yes, dancers love wearing the TABI), these will have you dancing through your world.

It’s an interesting evolution for FUGU. The Japanese line is more than 60 years old. It started as the go-to footwear for the Japanese workforce. With the TABI, we’ve branched out into making work—and dance, which sits somewhere comfortably between work and play—exceptionally cool. You heard it here first: work can be cool. But only if you wear the right shoes.

 TABI does the dance.

TABI does the dance.

Take in the ankle-length design of soft cotton of the TABI. Laceless, naturally, there are stainless steel pins creating an innovative hook-and-loop system to keep things in place. This helps make that improbable combination of gentle and durable surprisingly perfect.

 TABI: perfect.

TABI: perfect.

That’s cotton hugging you, ankle to foot, with a thin rubber sole on the bottom for flexibility to move with your every grand-plié or rumba or walk down the street feel just right. And take in the quasi-webbed design. Wearing our TABI, your big toes have never felt like so much attention has been given to them.

FUGU. We’ve got you covered.

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