OK, well I brought some really cheap silver 25cm tabi with plastic bottoms from Rakuten (£30 with EMS shipping inc) and I am currently wearing them round the office to break them in. A week walking round the office in them should do the trick and make them comfortable. I am hoping anyway as they are plastic and ‘Primark’ quality but when the pricing for 25cm zori is so high and the UK pavements so unforgiving..I am inclined to be cheap 🙂
The ones in the picture are my more expensive zori that are a 25.5cm (a tad too big in Japanese terms, the ‘right size’ in European terms) but as I can only wear them with black and red kimono I chose some cheap silver zori as they will match pretty much everything.
I really wanted these ones :https://www.ichiroya.com/item/list2/134859/ but $80 then shipping…just a little too high for me and trudging on knackered tarmac.
However these cheap ‘n’ cheerful zori are already starting the stretch and mould after just a morning so I have high hopes for their comfy-ness factor!