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Zori

The name zori has been used since the Heian period (806~1183), but it used to be pronounced “sori” without voicing the initial consonant. At the beginning of the Heian period, there existed a separate form of footwear called jori that was worn by priests, and it is said that, due to confusing these two types, sori were called jori up until the Muromachi period (1336~1573). The word jori then became pronounced zori as it is now starting from the Muromachi period. In other words, the name comes from mistakenly assuming that jori and sori were the same thing.

The leather zori that are widely sold today originate from a type of cloth zori that peaked in popularity around 1929~1930. Unlike previous types of zori, cloth zori contained a stiff core material. These zori were created by wrapping several layers of core material each individually in the same cloth that covered the zori and sewing on a felt sole. High-quality versions used cork as the core material, and lower quality versions used papier-mâché cores. Around 1932-1933, the number of varieties had increased to the point that there were distinct summer zori and winter zori. Modern-style leather zori appeared from around 1935. At the time, refreshing colors like light blue and pale cream were in fashion. Zori were rounded and shaped like koban (oval coins used in ancient Japan), silver willow or quails.