You need more than just a sifu if you want to learn kung fu. You may also need a pair of kung fu shoes from shoemaker Tam Kwok-kwong, 74, who is famous for hand-making this type of footwear. Tam has been running his shop, Tam Kwok-kwong Shoes, since 1954 when he finished his three-year apprenticeship as a shoemaker. He handcrafts kung fu shoes and can tailor-make them to order. The shoes have either leather or canvas uppers, with black or white plastic soles. A pair costs from $288 to $350. According to Tam, kung fu shoes are worn not only when practising martial arts. The term kung fu shoe is a western misnomer for traditional Chinese rubber-soled canvas shoes. Because the shoes are often seen in kung fu movies, they have become known as kung fu shoes, but the footwear has been in everyday use for about 100 years. Tam Kwok-kwong Shoes is at 250 Hollywood Road (near Possession Street), Central, tel: 2547 1368. It has irregular opening hours so remember to call before you visit.