Nèiliánshēng Shoe Shop

Shoes in Dashilar & Xicheng South

They say this is the oldest existing cloth-shoe shop in China (opened in 1853) and Mao Zedong and other luminaries had their footwear made here. You too can pick up ornately embroidered shoes, or the simply styled cloth slippers frequently modelled by Běijīng’s senior citizens (from ¥226). It does cute, patterned kids' slippers (from ¥48) too.

All are made in a factory that employs more than 100 workers. But despite upgrading the soles of their slippers to cope with modern-day street pounding, both the shop and staff remain defiantly old-school.