Move Over Aldo: Add These 10 Homegrown Shoe Brands To Your Closet

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    If you have some Imelda Marcos traits like I do (well, just the love for shoes really, not the illegal stuff she did as the First Lady of the Philippines back in the day!), then you’re going to love this list of shoes. So turn your attention to these fantastic homegrown brands that use Indian artisans, art and are just proper local, but doing a stellar job of making amazing shoes. I’m all for trying out these brands, and I did. So, here’s a list of top Indian brands making shoes that are worth a spot in your shoe closet. From denim stilettos to hand-painted brogues, go find your solemate


    Monrow Shoes

    Monrow

    Available on LBB

    A top favourite for me, Monrow Shoes have been crafted for the Indian foot, so you know you can trust these ones! Making them funky, jazzy or as plain as you like, this brand is for you to channel your inner Carrie Bradshaw. With prices ranging from INR 1,500 for open flats to sneakers for about INR 3,200, it’s got plenty of options to suit your budget. They’re comfortable, have that height to boost confidence a bit. Choose from wedges with cut-out patterns, slip on options, and even some stellar mules. Oh, you want fancy? Try the stilettos, strappy block heels, slingback shoes or even the loafers . Plus, some sexy pumps.

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    Don’t Call Me Princess

    Mules, stilettos, wedges or block heels, Don’t Call Me Princess will have you looking on point, all year round. With a collection that is on-trend through the season of the year, you can pick up neon, transparent, square block heels to jazz up any outfit, or pick the more sombre mustard flats or just go all out with the super funky, multicolored, cut-out heels. Oh, and vegan boots to strut the look, all the time! 

    Check out the brand here.

    Daisie

    Daisie

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    No need to constantly be constantly wearing sky-high heels, especially when Daisie makes lovely light, stylish shoes for any and every occasion. Up the sass with multi-strap slides or throw in some animal prints. PVC, hypnotic holograms and all-blacks are other options in this brand.

    Kanvas Kloset

    Kanvas Kloset

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    Artsy, colourful and handmade for the most part, this one channels Gucci’s capsule collections as well as all-out Etro. Why? Well the prints for starters! So no need to shell out thousands when you can get Kanvas Kloset for similar prints. But, I love these more because the brands aims to revive the dying art of Indian art forms. So expect your brogues, Oxfords, pumps and ballerinas to have hand-painted patterns - ranging from peacocks and flowers to paisley blocks  and mandalas. In pops of colours, these ones are meant to be for the girl with sass and style!

    Madish

    Madish

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    I love this brand for a few reason, but the top one is they have a fab collection of denim shoes. Yup, denim indeed. From strappy one to mules and sexy wrap around ones to pencil heels. You can also pick from their fun denim pumps or even the classy flats. The denims, like jeans, come in black, blues - light, dark, mid-blue, fringe and more. Of course, if denim isn’t your think, turn your focus to the suede stuff, the animal prints, the jazzy silver and sneakers too. But really, please don’t ignore the denim collection. PLEASE!

    Zebba

    Zebba

    Available on LBB

    Oh I love me some boots, and Zebba does them well. Basically, this brand gets comfort, class and trend all on point. They even have chic slip-on flats that are ideal for jeans as they are for kurtas. I also love that they have a whole lot of vegan loafers, brogues and more to pick from. Plus, graphic printed slides, woven block heels, and the odd pair of strappy wedge-heeled pair. This brand doesn’t shy away from colour - red, pink, neon, mint, wine, yellow - and you should’t too! In fact, if you are a fan of Aldo, then you will love Zebba

    âme

    Ame - All Yours

    Available on LBB

    Switch up the flip-flops and flat in favour of these cool slides. And who better than âme to hop on that trend with. Making vegan slides, mules and sandals, these ones are really pretty, and comfortable too. They do the weave texture really well, and have a slight heel so it’s give you a bit of height. They even do embellished PVC strap heels if that is your thing. Not quite OTT, but definitely smart, anyone who likes shoes, should check out âme.

    Adoreline

    Adoreline

    Available on LBB

    OK, this brand literally has something for everyone. So, if you’re looking to doll up for a festival, keeping it casual for roaming at your neighbour’s home, or want a new pair of ballerinas to wear with jeans, Adoreline has it all. While you’re here, check out the block heels and the heels with embellishments including butterflies. Quite the girly girl brand this. Check it out here.

    Happy Toe Box

    This place sure is a literal paradise for flat footwear lovers. From simple slippers and floral mules to studded sliders and Roman-esque sandals, Happy Toe Box is for the fashionista who loves functionality. They also have lovely kolhapuris - or well, version of them, for you to pair with jeans, dresses or kurtas. 


    Tjori

    Tjori

    Available on LBB

    Braided block heels, vegan leather slip-ons, studded Oxfords or closed slides, Tjori will kit you out with comfortable footwear that does not break the bank. With prices starting at a reasonable INR 450 for the flats and simple design up to INR 1,999 for the more elaborate ones, this Delhi-based brand is all about handcrafting footwear (and clothing) that is authentic and affordable.