Kenkoh FAQs

The unique design of the Kenkoh Massage Sandal provides both exceptional arch support and the revitalizing effect of over a thousand massaging rubber nodules.  Originally based on the traditional Japanese geta sandal and ancient Eastern medicine principles of Sokushindo foot massage, Kenkohs were developed in Japan in the mid-1960s.

Sokushindo is based on the premise that when specific nerve endings are stimulated on the sole, health benefits to other regions of the body can be achieved.

Arch Support and Increased Blood Flow

For those suffering from Plantar Fasciitis, the Kenkoh Massage Sandal provides immediate comfort and relief. The sandal’s significant medial arch both supports and stimulates the Plantar Fascia, maximizing healing by increasing blood flow, thanks to the Kenkoh’s stimulating rubber nodules.

This contoured footbed also supports the four natural arches of the foot, including metatarsal region.


The Kenkoh Spirit Collection

Recovery from other foot ailments such as Edema, Metatarsalgia and Morton’s Neuroma can also benefit greatly by routinely wearing the Kenkoh sandals. This is due to increased blood flow to the painful area, delivering additional oxygen, thus speeding recovery.

Nerve Ending Stimulation and Foot Massage

The unique “bumpy” footbed is covered in over a thousand rubber nodules that massage and stimulate the soles continuously while walking, standing, or sitting – similar to a therapeutic acupressure treatment.

Over the course of human history,  the soles of our feet were always in touch with the natural surfaces of the earth. Walking on these surfaces stimulated nerve endings, balancing and strengthening the body.


The Kenkoh Balance, Black and Brown

Today, unsupported shoes and man-made, rigid surfaces prevent this natural stimulation. Worst of all, our ankle is forced to collapse when our medial arch goes unsupported, and often results in overcompensation by our backs, hips, or knees. This causes pain, as our body is thrown out of its natural alignment.


When incorporated into a daily routine, Kenkoh massage sandals can correct this mis-alignment, supporting each arch and protecting the ankle from collapsing inward or outwards, ensuring a secure and balanced gait.

The Kenkoh was especially designed, however, to  improve circulation and revitalize the mobility of the feet, ankles, legs, and back. Benefits include stress relief, reduction of headaches and migraines caused by compressed nerves, and reduced fatigue from standing for extended periods of time.

Wearing Instructions

Until you grow accustomed to them, it is recommended that you wear the Kenkoh Massage Sandal for short periods of time, about 15 minutes each day. If you have very sensitive feet you may find that wearing socks will help you to adapt. It will take roughly 1-2 weeks to become used to wearing the sandals.


The Kenkoh Chai in Champagne

Extend wear time at your own pace. Although the Kenkoh Massage Sandal is designed for periodic use, some people find them comfortable enough to wear all day.

The massaging action of the nodules will break up and dissolve accumulated waste and toxins in the soles of your feet, the major cause of sensitivity. It is recommended that you drink more water than normal to facilitate the flushing of those wastes.


Kenkoh Massage Sandals are manufactured to a metric standard. The centimeter measurement indicates the length of the insole at the center line.

Proper sizing is dependent upon arch position and while the chart is generally accurate, individual fitting may vary one size up or one size down.


The Kenkoh Spirit in Metallic Multi

When you receive your Kenkoh sandals you’ll notice three numbers. The smallest number (e.g., “10”) corresponds to a U.S. Ladies size, the second largest number (e.g., “27”) represents the centimeter measure, and the largest number (e.g., “41”) is a European size equivalent.

Kenkoh Size (cm) 22.0 23.0 24.0 25.0 26.0 27.0 28.0 29.0 30.0
U.S. Ladies 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
U.S. Mens 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12


Take the Kenkoh with you anywhere and every where, thanks to the Kenkoh massage orthotic inserts

S (US 6-7) | M (US 8-9) | L (US 10-11) | XL (US 12-13) | XXL (US 14-15)

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