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Gakuya-baki (楽屋履き)

A pair of covers worn over Japanese split-toe socks. The shape is similar to that of slippers; cloth covers the toes and the top part of the foot, with forks between the first and second toes. There is no heel. The soles are often made of cloth similar to that for split-toe socks and cover the entire soles of the feet. The top part may be made of gold brocade. Gakuya-baki are worn immediately after the performers put on split-toe socks, and they are removed before the performers appear on stage. They are used by leading and supporting actors, but not by Kyōgen actors or musicians.

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