I bet you are wondering, “How could this possibly be an issue?” However, you must understand me when I say that you are going to want to buy so many things during the semester or year that you are here! For all of you frequent shoppers out there, could you imagine not purchasing one article of clothing for a long duration of time? I didn’t think so! Now, I am specifically talking to you all about shoes because that is the one item that I didn’t think I would need to buy here. Yes, need to buy. What many students don’t understand is that shoes are probably going to receive the most wear and tear while abroad. You take them everywhere; on the city streets, in the bathroom, through the muddy grass, up rocky mountains—you name it! Eventually, your feet will be screaming to be placed in a new home. Too bad many stores in this country do not offer big enough homes for certain feet…big ones!

Big feet (especially for women) are unusual in this country. I am only speaking for myself, but I am sure that many of you with larger feet can relate. In the states, it is always extremely difficult to find shoes for, oh I don’t know, a size 9 or 10. When you do find shoes that fit your feet, they typically are either very expensive, or very cheap with a nice elderly touch. I am happy to say that I have had a very different experience here in Costa Rica with my above average foot. It is true that large shoes are not as easy to find here, but when you do…it will be the happiest day of your life. Because large feet are not as common, the prices can typically range from $4 to $20 shoes. I have never, in my life, seen shoes that were in the single digits! The first time I discovered this, I literally thought I was in shoe heaven. After bringing myself back to Earth, I decided to ask one of my friends, who is from Costa Rica, to enlighten me on this new discovery. She informed me that the best stores for the cheapest shoes are Pague Menos, Ekono, and Best Brands for those who have larger feet. In conclusion, if any of you ruin a pair of shoes while you are here, and you don’t know where to go for your large feet, please remember these stores! Your feet will thank you later.

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