Finding a new pair of shoes has always been a headache for me and this has been the case for several years now, ever since my feet no more fitted in shoes of size 44/45. I normally need to go round the island to find one. Fortunately, there are shops which do import a few large (giant?) sized shoes, most often with a very limited range of models.
Once, I nearly shouted angrily at the owner of a shoe shop. After trying a few pairs of shoes, none of them fitted to my feet. The owner then said “pas gagner souliers pu to size“. Stupid man! I would have been walking bare feet if shoes for my size were not manufactured! I controlled myself and walked out of the shop calmly.
(Above : Sandals in the form of fish)
Months back, while I was around in Port Louis with a colleague, we entered a shoe shop. My usual words when looking for a pair of shoes are “Tire pli gros soulier zot ena“, regardless of the price. On hearing that pharse, my colleague added : “Ammene boite souliers la si, si soulier la pas zisse, li pu essaye boite la!“
We were all amused and I still laugh at this joke each time I tell it to someone 🙂
I always take the search for a pair of shoes for me as a new adventure. Sometimes, I can grab one easily, like today but it happens that I finally come across one at the other corner of the island. You need to be patient because it is not always easy to find a pair of shoes that can easily be used as swimming fins/flippers (la patte canard) for others.
Anyway, have a nice time and consider yourself lucky if you can easily choose from hundreds of models.
btw, rest re-assured, the ladies “sandal” used in the first picture above was just for display in a shop. I was amused and wanted a picture with it, as you rightly guessed, for this blog article.