Okobo are wooden sandals worn by Maiko is a Japanese language word for dancing girl and is an apprentice geisha. Maiko is also a feminine Japanese given name….

Okobo are very tall, and usually made from a block of willow wood. Usually, the wood has either no finish or a natural finish, but during the summer months, maiko will wear black-lacquered okobo. They are held to the foot by simple thong-like straps in colors that represent their maiko status. Red straps are worn by new maiko, yellow are worn by maiko who have nearly completed their apprenticeship.

Alternatively, okobo are referred to as “pokkuri” or “koppori”. These names come from the sound okobo make when walking.