A Relaxing Stroll in 800-Pound Iron Shoes

Everyday, I take a walk. It's good for health, I think. While I wear sneakers, Beijing factory owner Zhang Fuxing wears iron shoes.

Each shoe weighs over 440 pounds... each. Zhang has been wearing his iron shoes to walk 15 meters for the past seven years. He tells AP (via SCMP) that the iron shoes made his back feel better and credits the Chinese spiritual martial art of qigong for his ability to walk in the shoes.

"It's not strong muscles that make you able to walk like this, the power comes from internal organs," the 52-year-old says. "When you walk with your heart it will work." And when you don't, you end up like this:

A Relaxing Stroll in 800-Pound Iron Shoes

Next year, Zhang plans to add another hundred pounds. Of course he does!

Zhang is such a believer in iron shoes that he's even started manufacturing them and hopes to sell them. I'll just stick with my sneakers, thanks.

A Relaxing Stroll in 800-Pound Iron Shoes

The Chinese worker getting a leg up in 200kg iron shoes [SCMP]

GIFs: AP

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