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FYI SOUTH Magazine, December 2004.

Oki Size Shoes Store

* 312, JhongHua 4th Road, Kaohsiung
* (07) 282-1234
* Hours: 10 am-10 pm, Monday through Sunday

By Kari Jensen Translated by Iva Huang

If you're a woman with large feet, you no longer have to resort to buying men's shoes. Oki Size Shoes Store stocks shoes for both women and men in sizes not readily available in most shops or department stores here. Located next to the Gold Seoul Korean restaurant, near the intersection of JhongHua and SinTian roads, Oki Size features mostly women's shoes in casual and dressy styles, varying from sandals and sneakers to loafers and pumps. Fall and winter styles include fashion leather boots.

Both the men's and women's shoes are imported from Italy, Spain, and Asian countries. Men's styles include sneakers, sandals, loafers and dress shoes. Oki Size stocks women's European sizes 39-and-a-half to 42 and men's European sizes 43 to 46. That equals women's American sizes eight-and-a-half to 10, and men's American sizes nine-and-a-half to 14. Prices range from NT$1,300 for a pair of woman's sandals, to NT$3,500 for a sleek pair of Italian men's loafers.
Oki Size has sister stores in Taipei and Taichung, so if your size isn't available in the local store, ask a clerk to special order it for you. It usually takes a few days for the shoes to be transferred from one store to another.

Upstairs, you'll find up-size, upscale women's clothes. It's surprising to find a boutique inside a shoe shop, but Oki stocks stylish slacks and pedal pushers, T-shirts, sweaters, blouses and tanks. These are moderately priced, and range in size from 14 to 24 for bottoms and large to 5X for tops. A red boat-neck T-shirt with straps across the shoulders goes for NT$699.

Many of the clothes at Oki Size have special details, such as flower embroidery on khaki cargo pants or laces threaded through grommets on the shoulders of another nautical-inspired striped T-shirt. Many of the garments are made in Taiwan.



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