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Split-toe socks and shoes find a following

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Leslie Padorr's online shop Cool East Market specializes in Japanese split-toe socks, called tabi, which are increasing in popularity in North America. (By Maylynn Quan)

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Leslie Padorr's online shop Cool East Market specializes in Japanese split-toe socks, called tabi, which are increasing in popularity in North America. (By Maylynn Quan)

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Tim Johnson operates J600.com, a website for fans of the Nike "Air Rift" line of split-toe shoes, a traditional Japanese style of footwear. Johnson's personal collection includes more than 200 pairs. (Courtesy of Tim Johnson)

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Traditional Japanese split-toe socks and shoes are slowly gaining a following in North America.


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