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Upwalk Anti-stumble Socks

By Rakuten Terumo Corporation 

Japanese homes are potential death-traps for the elderly; each new flooring material—from smooth tatami, to plastic mats, carpets, and faux wooden flooring—is a potential killer. Now the Terumo Corporation, experts at producing medical technology, have produced Upwalk (¥1,980Prices are approximate only and subject to change.
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), anti-stumble socks. The socks are for those in their twilight years, who are four times more likely to stumble due to reduced muscle strength (according to the product’s website).

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A youtube promotional video might feature an old Japanese couple catastrophically slipping their way into a coma, but this isn’t total snake-oil. The Terumo Corporation have done their research, and won a Japanese Good Design Award for the Upwalk in 2012. The idea is to create a sock which encourages you to lift the tips of your toes up as your walk and to balance on your heels as a way to stop “tipping over,” using a specialized sewing technique which creates a pulling feeling on the front of your foot.

Specifications:
Sizes: 22-23, 23-24, 24-25, 25-26 and 26-27cm
Colors: Gray, black and pink
Cleaning: It is recommended that you use a mild detergent or softener to keep the texture of the material, and wash it with warm water of about 30 ℃ . Please dry it in the shade fix the form and please avoid the use of chlorine bleach.

Contributed by Cameron

Cameron is a writer and journalist in Tokyo. He studied psychology and sociology before moving to Japan to explore its publishing, design and art. While living in Japan he has spent his time travelling to rural towns to document traditional Japanese crafts and covering the work of contemporary artists and designers in Tokyo. He is White Rabbit's expert on traditional objects, handcrafted goods and contemporary art.

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