The label Feiyue was founded in Shanghai in 1963 and has been the favoured sneaker brand of tai chi practitioners almost ever since. In 2006, Frenchman Patrice Bastian took Feiyue international (at much higher prices than the 35-40RMB you can expect to pay for a pair of originals) and since then the brand has introduced a host of different colours and designs, including a Star Wars line. If you’re intent on getting the originals, look for the green triangle on the sole.
Where to get them Culture Matters
’ various branches around town are good for picking up the new-look versions; for an authentic pair, try 585 Zunyi Lu, near Yunwu Shan Lu, Changning district.