Taiwan will soon have to look to the likes of the new $4 sandals made by Chinese manufacturer Taiyansu for its long-awaited footwear for the summer.
The new sandals, which are being introduced this week by the country’s government-controlled Taipei Municipal Public Works Department, feature a leather sole and a mesh upper.
The government is also considering adding the sandals to the standard footwear it sells to tourists.
Taiwan is one of the few Asian countries that still has a small foot-sport market, with more than 70 percent of its footwear sold overseas, with footwear such as sandals and sandals with boots, both of which are popular in the US and Canada.
According to a Taipei government report released last month, Taiwan had nearly 8,000 sandals sold in the first half of 2017.
But Taipei has not been as active in making footwear overseas, even though the island has the world’s largest population.
Its Ministry of Education and Culture said it has launched a pilot program with local manufacturers to test out the new footwear.
In July, Taipei’s city government announced that it would buy more than 50,000 pairs of footwear for use by the public from the companies that manufacture them, which will be given to children as part of the program.