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For thousands of years, Chinese people have been keeping a tradition of making thousand-sole shoes. The name comes from the implication of "a thousand layers" to the shoe, intricately sewn by hand using layers and layers of pure cotton cloth. This environment-friendly shoes features sweat absorption, air permeability, softness, and comfort. They are typically made for growing children.
Recently, on the eastern side of Zuo¡¯anmennei Dajie, I found a small shop that carries various thousand-sole children¡¯s shoes. Inside are many children shoes in various colors and patterns.
A pair of yellow-colored tiger-head shoes caught my attention, with vividly embodied characteristics of a tiger¡¯s head and Chinese character ¡®King¡¯ (RMB 39). The shop assistant told me this is a popular model, as Chinese couples hope their sons can be strong and brave like a tiger.
Besides this pair was another pair of red tiger-head shoes (RMB 49) which goes all the way up to the ankles. It looked much thicker and more suitable for winter.
The shop also had children cotton-wadded jackets and trousers, as well as cotton stuffed toys in shapes of the twelve animals of Chinese Zodiac. Prices for the latter were RMB 18 each.
What I appreciated
Handmade small shoes, inexpensive prices
What customers appreciate
Traditional Chinese-style children¡¯s shoes, handmade shoes for children
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