Last Saturday I went to Itaewon to buy some shoes. The shoes I bought at Payless for 45$ 7 months ago were starting to show their age, so I figured I could afford to buy new ones and not look like a bum. Itaewon, for those not living Korea, is the foreigner’s area of Seoul. You can find all sorts of international things here; including big size clothes/shoes.
Anyway, I’m in Itaewon with my friend and we’re looking for a place to buy some shoes. We went to a few spots, but I wasn’t in the mood to spend too much money. Finally, we found a place with shoes that fit me for 76 oo0won. Nice standard dress shoes. As I’m paying, the salesman tells me they’re great quality and I should come back next time I need shoes. I go “Well, if they’re really great quality, I won’t need to come back anytime soon!” This wasn’t received with the laughter I expected.
In the end, the salesman was confused, my friend was embarrassed and I was a bit more like my father.