This is a guest post by Robin, director of The Arepa.
Medellin, home to friendly Paisas, beautiful women, and people with really small feet.
Yes, small, feet.
I have lived here for a year now and have sadly not been able to find a pair of shoes in size 13. Here in Medellin, shoe sizes stop at 12. And it’s not that I haven’t looked either.
Over the past 6 months I have visited over 60 shoes stores and am now treading the streets with shoes that have holes in them. I simply can not find a size 13 (or 46 in Euro sizes) because they simply don’t exist here.
Friendly Paisas always have a recommendation of the one place that may have something bigger, but I have visited them all, high and low, and nothing.
I even went to the small and scuzzy Diamante plaza which everyone said would have big shoes but they all ended at 12.
Well, that is not entirely true, I did find one size 13 but it was a big poofy Nike basketball shoe that had no laces and a big white plastic strap across the top – it was horrendous, and $150.
So, if you are looking for a business that caters to the gringos with big feet in Medellin, man that market would be at your feet; yes, pun intended!
About the Author: Robin is the director of Medellin’s English magazine called The Arepa. You can check out the magazine at: www.thearepa.com