Tyre sandals from wartime keep marching on

Rubber sandals (also known as tyre sandals) are associated with images of late President Ho Chi Minh and soldiers during wartime. After more than 70 years since they were first made, these historical sandals continue to be known among domestic and foreign tourists.

Made from old car and aeroplane tyres, the sandals were worn by many Vietnamese soldiers during the war against the French and the Americans. Many people call them “Uncle Ho sandals”, because they were the distinctive footwear of the late President during both war and peace.

Nguyen Tien Cuong’s rubber sandal workshop on Ngoc Ha Street in Hanoi’s Ba Dinh district is a popular spot for people looking for footwear as hard-wearing and as practical as back in those days.

Vua Dep Lop has exported its rubber sandals to 60 countries and territories for the last eight years. In Vietnam, many people, including young ones, are also interested in the sandals.

Vua Dep Lop has been focusing on innovating materials, designs, and colours to create fashionable footwear for customers from all walks of life, from the elderly to youngsters and even children./.