The most interesting bit, however, was the section on Tatehana's inspiration for the shoes. He had this to say in the interview:
"I am interested in history and in the old culture and would like to divert them into modern world. The unique and creative shape comes from "Kan Pokkuri," which used to be clogs made of empty cans. In the old days, Japanese children used to make these clogs, passing a cord through holes made in the cans. After placing each foot on a can, they tried to walk, holding the cord in their hands."
I had assumed that design had its roots in certain geisha styles and foot binding practices, but this particular reference is rather neat. I maintain, however, that they look above all like faun hooves.