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Zapatos in Puerto Lopez, Ecuador #AtoZChallenge

La Clinica del Zapato

 

Puerto Lopez is hard on zapatos (shoes). As I explained in Mototaxis, walking is the most popular way to get around town. Paved streets bake in the sun, in turn wearing down shoe soles. When it rains, dirt roads turn to sticky mud, threatening to become one with your footwear.

 

Puerto Lopez shoe repair

 

Zapateria

 

When your shoes are falling apart, you buy new shoes or repair the ones you own. The Zapateria above has repaired my ten year old Teva sandals twice. I wear them nearly every day so they are well worn but still going because of Zapateria repairs. I am wearing them in the post Emily in Puerto Lopez.

 

Two of the Puerto Lopez shoe shopping options

 

Traveling entrepreneurs

If your shoes become irreparable, there are places in Puerto Lopez to buy new ones. From time to time, traveling shoe salesmen arrive and set up in empty lots.

Shoes for sale in pickup truck

Some set up under canopies.

Shoes for sale on sidewalk

La Bahía

The largest Puerto Lopez shoe selection is in an open air shopping area called La Bahia. The best way to find it is to know exactly where the entrance is located (Google maps street view here). It does not appear large from the outside but it is long, with two rows like the one below.

Shoes for sale in shopping district

You can buy all kinds of shoes (and much, much more) in La Bahia.

Shoes for sale - shopping district entrance

Avoid prolonged sun exposure

A dermatologist told me he sees melanoma frequently on feet in Ecuador since many people wear flip flops. I applaud the vendor below, protecting his feet while selling homemade cookies in the sunshine. See Yellow Orb for more on why the Ecuador sun is so strong.

Street vendor protecting feet from sun

Big feet issues

The high heels sold in La Bahia below are not my style. I could not buy them anyway. They are all too small for me. I wear a 9.5 US shoe, size 40 in Ecuador or Europe. In Puerto Lopez, I have never seen a women’s shoe for sale in my size. There are size 8.5 (39) but that seems to be the largest available.

Shoes in Puerto Lopez, Ecuador

Do you repair worn shoes? What type of shoes do you wear most frequently? Do you protect your feet from the sun?

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Emily is a US Expat in Ecuador. She grew up on a Minnesota farm, worked in IT in California's Silicon Valley, then moved to a coastal Ecuador fishing village. Emily's goal is to share Ecuador with you, one snippet at a time. Topics include attractions, compassion, ecotourism, Ecuador products, everyday Ecuador, and flora and fauna. Please let Emily know what you would like to read more about!

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