There is one uncle at Ghim Moh market who has a shop in the far left hand corner of the market compound, under cover of a blue awning. Always a good place to introduce people to – I was here yesterday with Miss S and Miss A – he sells almost everything you can think of, from bags with vaguely recognisable logos to…shoes.
The shoes are a new line of business for him and while I love the notion of the wet market being a place you can buy almost anything from, even I am slightly surprised by the thought of fabulous, fashion-forward footwear coming from his store.
But in the blink of an eye, I got over it and I am very glad I did; because these shoes are amazing as well as amazingly comfortable. And the best part? They cost just $20. (The colours, because the shots was taken indoors in his stock room, haven’t come out brilliantly; this particular shoe is actually neon orange and royal blue, but he also has a lime-green-crossed-with-shocking-pink version as well as more blotchy, graffiti print ones which I don’t think are as nice.)
These are actually a squeezy 38 – my identical 39 is being special ordered as I type as sadly there were none in stock (a slight ‘ugly sister’ moment). He stocks up to a size 40.
I was initially a bit unsure about the see-through plastic bit which looks rather questionable when you’re looking down at it on your own foot, but it’s actually quite ok from the side. I also love the metal toe which will be especially useful for protecting my corner when I next board a crowded tube in London or walk the bustling streets of Hong Kong!
Uncle’s is the last shop in the run of shops that skims the left hand side of Ghim Moh market; near the playground at the back. If you make it there…tell him Changmoh sent you.
Wet market image courtesy of Postcards from Stella