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Thousand-sole children's shoes

[ From: Jason Jia | Published: 2008-07-08 Views: 5230 | Booked times: 62 ]
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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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Shopping in Beijing: 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 usi...