If you live anywhere in the Xalapa-Teocelo-Xico area, it's worth taking a look at Zapateria Yessy for your shoes.
Zapateria Yessy is on the right side towards the top of the main street going into Teocelo from the Crucero, the main crossroads on the Coatepec-Xico carretera.. It is an unprepossessing store, mostly tightly packed shelves of shoes in a kind of dim space. But like all good "finds" it is stuffed full of all kinds of wonderful shoes at very affordable prices. In the back, there is also an array of jewelry and trinkets and clocks and sometimes children´s toys. The prices are good and low and the products are as far as I can tell mostly made in Mexico. I especially like to buy fancy shoes there like the ones below. And I also especially like to buy shoes there because, for some reason, the lasts fit me better than those of US shoes.
I especially like to buy fancy shoes there like these:
But you can (and I have) bought all kinds of shoes from flip flops to hiking boots and sandals and golden shoes for my daughter's wedding.
The Zapateria Yessy is owned by Don Antonio Vazquez and his wife Doña Josefina They and their son Victor and new daughter-in-law Tere manage it.
Here are Victor and Tere outside the store:
And here is Tere adding up my (very reasonable) bill.
While you're there, pick up a pair of walking shoes and take a tour of Teocelo, a most interesting town and the home of Radio Teocelo. Ask anyone for directions to the restaurant past Santa Rosa that overlooks Texolo Falls if you're hungry after hiking around. It has one of the best restaurant views around.
And tell Tere, Victor, Don Antonio and Doña Josefina that Esther sent you.