I also had taken 2 old pair of black shoes—one flat and one pair of heels. They were so worn out by the time we left, I didn’t take them out of Xi’an. The Chinese women wear lots of heels and fancy shoes (see photos below), but comfort was really my top priority, and if I went again, I wouldn’t pack the heels. Of course, when you visit people’s homes, you remove your shoes at the door. Ben took one pair of hiking shoes and a pair of comfortable dress shoes. He left the latter behind as well, since they were quite worn out. I did try on a few pair of shoes in the store, and my size 9M (US size) was impossible to find in the regular stores of Xi’an.
|Our feet on the ground at Forbidden city.|
|Mother/daughter shoes at Tianenmen Square.|
|In Beijing, people seemed more interested in comfort and we saw more tennis shoes there compared to other areas.|
|The guard's shoes looked quite spiffy.|
|These heels were very typical.|
|I would NOT want to walk a mile in these shoes!|