What's ASHINAKA SHOES?


Welcome to ASHINAKA SHOES GRIPDROP!!


Do you know Ashinaka ?


It is traditional Japanese footwear that appeared in the "Kasuga Gongen Reigenki", a picture scroll from the Kamakura period, so it would have existed 700 years ago.





It is a type of straw sandals and is said to have this name because it is small and has only half of the legs.

The statue of Takamori Saigo in Ueno Park is also wearing a pair of legs.




Since the Edo period, it has been widely used for labor in agricultural and fishing villages, and even today it is used for cormorant fishing on the Nagara River.

Since the length is short, it sticks to the soles of the feet, so pebbles and mud do not enter and it is not slippery.

Why do we need Ashinaka? there are three reason for it.

  • The ground is hard and flat such as asphalt or concrete.
  • Lack of basic exercise due to the development of transportation networks and lifestyle changes.
  • Wearing shoes that protect your feet excessively. (Cushioning and support)

As a result, the legs of people in developed countries in particular are unable to perform complex movements and their muscular strength is getting weaken.

The foot is the basic part of the building. If the foundation is weak, there will be problems with the building itself. 

The muscle strength of the toes is especially is weekend  

It is said that a considerable proportion of people are called floating fingers, who stand without touching the ground with their fingers.

Stand barefoot on a solid, flat floor and have a postcard under your little finger, which is a floating finger.


GRIPDROP developers continued to search for the ideal shoe while professionally selling shoes.

However, I realized that there are no ideal shoes.


In the history of humanity, which spans 3 million years, it is generally only a few hundred years that shoes have been put on.

Our bodies should not have been designed to wear shoes.


The ideal foot environment for a person's body is "living barefoot on diverse grounds".

Humans are also animals.

Humans are the only animals on earth wearing shoes.

The shoes I usually wear casually are actually very unnatural.


Your feet will start to weaken the moment you put on your shoes.


Conventional wisdom → Support weak feet (insoles/supportive shoes)

New way of thinking → Restore weak legs (ideally living barefoot)



But living barefoot in modern society is unfortunately unrealistic.

The diversity of the ground is already lost in the city.


It's been a long time, but there is "Ashinaka" there.

Just by wearing it, you can strengthen your toes by grasping the edges of your feet.


We hope that GRIP DROP will restore your muscular strength in your toes.