My room in my dorm still needed some carpentry work and I was earnestly looking for a carpenter around the hostel. There are about 3 different possible routes to my room and there is this particular staircase I never take because items are always sold around that side and I try to avoid temptation. Since I was looking for a carpenter, I passed the dreaded route and I came across Mr. Shoes.
Mr. Shoes is a very popular trader in OPH, one of the female hostels in Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH). He calls his business a mobile market as he goes to different universities weekly and he basically deals in quality designer shoes although second hand. He sells pre-owned flats and heels of different colors and brands like Atmosphere, Dorothy Perkins, H/M, Zara, and Aldo just to mention a few.
Mr Shoes displays his wares under the staircase and has high patronage as girls literally flood the area to buy his shoes. Flats go for 1,800 Naira and heels for 2,800 Naira. I attempted beating the price down but he didn’t agree (some people claim to buy items for less, so try your luck.)
Mr. Shoes is a good businessman. He is not rude and he is quite friendly (after you pay him sha.) He doesn’t have time to dilly dally since his business is highly patronized and his stock runs out pretty quickly.
Before purchasing an item, it is advisable to test it out because there is no return if it doesn’t fit. I got a beautiful H/M Court shoe for 2,800 Naira and a grey Atmosphere ballerina shoe for 1,800 Naira.
Payment is either via POS or cash. I was really surprised to see him with a POS machine. It proves to me that we are on our way to a cashless Nigeria.
I will rate Mr. Shoes a 7 over 10. I’m really impressed with the quality of his second hand shoes and I also like the fact that he is ambitious enough to own a POS machine. However, I would have preferred if the prices could be negotiated because some folks find his items to be quite expensive.