I bought geta for my Halloween cosplay~! My old ones are falling apart after five years, they´re clearly a women's design (I got them for Yukina originally), so I'd been thinking of getting new ones for this cosplay whenever I'd have the chance to wear it again. (Besides, in the Netherlands people won't know or care about the difference between men's and women's geta, so I felt like I could get away with it, but in Japan it probably wouldn't fly... at least not in my own conscience! xD)
Somehow fate didn't want me to buy geta for the longest time though, because my two attempts at ordering some on Amazon both failed... ^^; The first time, a few weeks ago, I ordered some that first said "will be shipped within 1~2 days", so I was like "great!", but about a week after the order, they still hadn't arrived, and then I got an e-mail saying that the item is currently out of stock, and we'll e-mail you when it's in stock again (But no indication of how long that might take... ^^;) So I cancelled that and went for some other, similar ones, which said "shipped within 3~4 days"... But then I went to the order page, where it said "You'll receive your order on October 30th". =___= Well, that's when I need them. So I didn't order those...
So I figured the fastest and most reliable way was to just buy some in person somewhere. There's this cool kimono shop between Okachimachi and Ueno that I've walked past on my lunch break a couple of times, and I saw that they had geta as well. But it's not always opened, and it's this tiny shop where the shopkeeper immediately starts talking to you when you enter, so I never had a good look around to see if they had the type I wanted. But today I went there with a clear purpose, so I just walked in and asked for what I was looking for, which is rectangular "nimaiba" geta, but in women's size.
Those rectangular geta with two supporting ´teeth´ are usually only sold in men's sizes (with women's geta generally being rounded, with a large flat 'heel', more like western sandals). And even though it's for crossplay, it would look ridiculous if someone with feet my size would wear actual men's geta (they would be way too big, too wide especially), so I figured that women's or unisex geta shaped
like men's ones would be the next best thing. So the shop lady spent quite a long time digging for some that fit my requirements. She didn't even know whether she had any at first! ^^;
But in the end she found two pairs! One with a blue/green strap with a geometrical design, and one with a pink and red strap with a flower design. After trying them on, the latter fit me the best, and I was already thinking of choosing a flowery design (cause it's Natsume xD) and the red would match his flowery yukata too, so I got them~( Pic~Collapse )
Next Tuesday I'll probably learn that they look totally
different in the anime (along with his entire outfit, probably...)
, buuuut... Oh well. In the manga they're just plain white, so I'd say the colors and design are open for interpretation 8D
Now I just have to learn how to walk in them... ^^; I tried them on for a bit longer, but I keep feeling like I'm about to tumble forwards when I try to walk. It's probably one of those things you just have to get used to, like ice skating or riding a bicycle, but I don't really have the time to practice >www< Maybe I'll just wear them to the local store next time I do my groceries or something =P