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These Strategist-Approved Trainers (Worn by Shaolin Monks) Are a Mere £11

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We first learned of Feiyue trainers via contributor Anna Fielding. Feiyue is a Chinese brand, worn by “Chinese school children doing PE lessons, and Shaolin monks” — and Fielding owns several pairs, claiming them to be the most comfortable, stylish plimsolls available.

She writes, “the cushioned soles are squidgy, unlike the flat-footed feeling you can get with other canvas shoes. The seam at the back is also covered with a half-moon of extra canvas, meaning they don’t rub and give you bloody ankles as you break them in (Feiyue don’t need breaking in). You can easily wear them without socks, and — good for the sockless to know — I’ve also found they stand up to repeat washing-machine cycles. They stay looking fresh, whites white and colours sharp, longer than any pair of Converse. They don’t fall to pieces, as Keds can, even if you treat them badly and kick them off without bothering to undo the laces.”

We spied a pair of classic white Feiyue Fe Lo 1920 trainers (Fielding’s preferred style) in the Urban Outfitters sale, discounted by 63 percent (£11, down from £30). It’s worth mentioning that there are only a few sizes left, and per Urban Outfitters, they’re moving fast.

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These Trainers (Worn by Shaolin Monks) Are a Mere £11