The British have their plimsolls; the Americans have their Chuck Taylors, but what of the east? What are the iconic everyman treads of the Chinese denizen? And why do we want a pair?
Well, the east is a geographical direction, the Chinese everyman would say Feiyue shoes, and we want a pair because PM has enormous man feet.
Feiyue (meaning ‘flying forward') were born in Shanghai in the ‘20s, worn by members of all social categories from countrymen to politicians. Some savvy French enthusiasts picked up the brand in 2006 and upped their quality - perhaps because the fighting monks were demanding robustness, who knows? Feiyues are now more durable and various than they ever were for the everyman.
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