The Preferred Footwear from Saudi Camp

Just down the road outside Dhahran’s Main Gate in the 1950s and 60s was an area called Saudi Camp. In one of the shops was an old, blind Saudi cobbler who made sandals from camel hide and tire treads. He would trace your foot on a piece of cardboard and tell you to come back the next day to pick up your custom-made sandals. The cost was 10 to 12 Riyals, depending on size. After soaking them in water and wearing them for a few days, these sandals became the most comfortable footwear imaginable! And, they never wore out.