Carcar Shoe Expo
On our way back to Cebu City after a two day mini-break in Moalboal, we saw this big, big shoe parked in the middle of this field. Whoa! We then made a u-turn to check said humongous shoe out and of course to score some photo ops. Incidentally, there was also an ongoing shoe expo near the big shoe, so more shopping!
Apparently the shoe was Carcar City's (or is it the Municipality of Carcar? Hmmm....) official entry to the Guiness Book of World Records. The shoe capital of Cebu wanted to oust Marikina City from having the title of the world's biggest footwear. However, Carcar was disqualified because holding the record entailed creating the biggest PAIR of shoes, not just a shoe. Alright, everyone bring out their needles and threads again.
The shoe expo consisted of several booths filled with footwear made in Carcar. Although don't expect to find Manolo Blahnik type footwear here because they produce mostly sandals and wedges. But I think the guys will probably enjoy the leather thong slippers. The ladies in turn will have their fill of shopping for pretty and dainty footwear.
The shoe expo consisted mostly of women's shoes (I wonder why?:p) and the prices for the sandals and wedges went for as low as Php150! I saw some girls stocking up on several pairs of the same style of sandals, probably as pasalubong for their friends and families when they get home. There were a LOT of flats on display! The high-heel phobic would have loved the vast selection of ballet flats, sandals and skimmers.
After about half an hour of browsing, I left the Shoe Expo with a pair of black flats as well as a pair of sparkly sandals for my niece for a little over Php450 (the black flats at Php400 were probably the most expensive pair in that stall). With new shoes in tow, we then went about the main purpose of our trip to Carcar, pasalubong shopping! Bring on the chicharon and ampaw, we have a hungry horde to feed back home.