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Entering Rada, I noticed this shoeseller with a stock problem. The cart is his shop, and it seems to contain his complete stock: not only does he have far more on it than he can have any hope to sell in a day, he has to push that weight around every day as well. He seems to have only men's shoes (even the white ones are men's). He doesn't have any "proper" shoes but enough of those plastic slippers will add up to quite a weight.

Why no "proper" shoes?

In many countries, and Yemen is no exception, people do not wear shoes inside their homes. In many religions, and Islam is no exception, people also do not wear shoes inside their religious buildings, or at least not inside the space reserved for prayer.

In countries where this is the case, and where (or when) it is warm enough, people often wear slippers, because they're easy to get in and out of at the door. Yemen is no exception here either, and because the country is poor, for most people such slippers are simple plastic things - in all shapes an colors, of course, with the shapes often imitating leather sandals.

Some people cannot even afford these. People who can afford a little more may buy leather sandals, but these tend to be of bad quality - and they'll take them off when it rains and walk through the puddles and rivulets bare feet so as to give their sandals a little longer life.

Other photos in this mini-series:
Shoes II
Shoes III


Technical note: I know this shot is far from perfect, but, while we were entering the city, I had just one second to take this from the moving car. No time for any ISO settings or fancy exposure corrections. I just did the best I could which was - literally - point and shoot. :)

Geo note: coordinates inaccurate, since I don't know exactly via what route we entered the city but they do put the marker inside Rada.

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