Chinese cloth shoes have a history of more than three thousand years. They originated from Xi'an during the Zhou Dynasty. Cloth shoes are very popular in China because they are soft, comfortable and ventilate.
Cloth shoes are elaborately made. The soles of the shoes are made up of scores of cloth layer and are completely handmade. During the course of making shoes, more than 20 meters of thread are used, and there are more than 1000 stitches on the layer.
鞋带shoelace 鞋底 sole 鞋帮 upper 鞋跟 heel
However, modern cloth shoes have developed quickly. They look kind of trendy and when you touch them you can really feel that they have been made by cloth. They come in a wide variety of textures; some of them have been made by thread and have holes in them which provide better ventilation and some just look like normal shoes. The materials for all of them are very different so you can make sure that the cloth shoes are very unique.
There are many convenient cloth shoe shop in Wangfujing street, the most famous shopping street in Beijing.
鞋店 [xié diàn] shoe store [Photo: baidu]
凉鞋 sandal [liáng xié]
草鞋 straw sandal [cǎo xié]
皮鞋 leather shoes [pí xié ]
球鞋 athletic shoes [qiú xié]
拖鞋 slippers [tuō xié]
靴子 boots [xuē zǐ ]