Delhi is full of stories and stores, and ever so often, they are the same thing. Bittoo Chappal Store is. Run by an affable, super friendly, and english speaking Sardar, the shop has been in its exact spot, run by generations of the same family, for over 40 years. With a loyal clientele {all of whom make the drive}, unparalleled bespoke services and prices to boot, we had to see what all the fuss was about.

Don’t get us wrong, but we’ve seen our share of ‘leather’ shoe stores, all of whom make big promises on quality, style and price. We usually end up with a broken strap, and soles that have perfected the art of picking the right moment to come apart. But Bittoo, Bittoo is the exception, not the rule.

Unassuming, and spilling over with styles of Juttis, leather flats, open sandals, closed shoes, kohlapuris, banerjees and gladiators, all their products are pure leather. With a manufacturing unit in the same market {they won’t tell you where}, they keep the shoes, styles, sizes and colours coming. Better still, try throwing a design at them they cant replicate. On a ‘reccee’, we ended up trying on seven different styles, and buying the perfect tan fine paisley print juttis, and a pair of square toed {androgyny}, leather, red strappy chappals.

Men, we know shopping, especially finding a good deal, might not be your jam, so we’ll make it easy. Find a style you love, take it to them, have them measure your feet, and there you have it. Strapping shoes, and a lot of time saved. PS: They’re best known for their customized banerjees.

Put your best foot forward, very rarely do we find a sole mate. Make it last.

Where: 5084-B, Main Bazar, Near Khanna Talkies, Main Bazar Rd, Bharat Nagar, Paharganj

Contact: 011 2358 5278

Price: INR 300 for a pair of leather flat sandals