when we were little we almost always wore chinese shoes. there were several store that sold mostly chinese goods where we shopped. they were comfortable and inexpensive. i think most of these stores we used to shop at have closed. but i searched on ebay and found several stores that sell chinese shoes. so i bought these velvet mary janes. they are cotton lined and super soft! welcome back old friend! i am thinking i might embellish them somehow.. but they are pretty as they are too!