Joseph P. Famolare was born into a third generation shoe making family in 1932, and founded his own company, Famolare, Inc., in 1969. In the 1970’s Famolare produced a line of shoes called Wooden Things by Famolare.
The Wooden Things line included platform clogs, clog soled boots, clogs and boots based on an all wood shoe similar to European sabots, and at least 3 styles with geta-like soles.
The bad news is that there is very little information about the products available online, the good news is he did patent nearly everything and these patents are available for viewing at the U. S. Patent and Trademark Office’s web site (uspto.gov).
Of special interest to geta lovers is his Chop Stix style, which is shown above in his design patent filing (D228265), and a photo of a white pair below.
Variations included various color tops, wood and colored plastic bottoms, and a pair of roller skates, patent #3,901,521.
Another series had a more curved sole, but still with the geta’s distinct 2 tooth construction. I’ve never seen the exact sole shown in design patent D262328, but there was a variation. It was higher, thicker, and the cut out section between the “ha” was a semi-circular shape.
Famolare is currently living in Brattleboro, Vermont, running the Vermont Agricultural Business Education Center (VABEC.COM).
And yes, Famolare shoes is still in business (famolare.com), but alas, no Chop Stix.