Ladies, Walk The (Very Stylish) Walk With These Indie Shoe Brands

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    Trips to the mall or the high street shoe store near you can be boring affairs or simply not possible these days. Mostly, you’ll see the same designs and colours occupying shelf after shelf, with no respite in sight. Clearly, it’s time to ditch the mundane and check out what India’s homegrown shoe brands have in stock. Oh, and what's better than sitting in the comfiest place on Earth (your couch, ofc) and browsing endlessly through beautiful pair of shoes on a payday! 

    From sandals that showcase local textiles to regal-looking brogues, handcrafted juttis, and Kolhapuris in fancy avatars; `you’ll find it all. We did the legwork to help you find the best indie and desi shoe brands to add a bit more style to your step.

    Chalk Studio

    Chalk Studio

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    Like your feet to flaunt a bit of quirk? Get shopping at Chalk Studio. Their ballet flats and sandals come in vibrant colours and bold, floral patterns. If you really want your shoes to be show stealers, we suggest you pick from their line-up of formidable-looking wedges and Cray Crays (they come in metallics and contrasting prints). Or you could go in for the classics like metallic sliders, croc-effect mules and more. 

    Price: INR 699 upwards

    Khwabeeda

    Khwabeeda

    Available on LBB

    This stylish indie brand has already earned much love from us as well as the rest of the world for its range of apparel of beautiful hand-painted juttis. And now their Pastel Striped & Candy painted juttis are all set to conquer our shoe closets, too.

    Price: INR 1,150 upwards

    Don't want to burn a hole in your pocket? Head over to this list of affordable juttis that you can shop for online. 

    The Sole Sisters

    One of the best-known indie shoe brands around, The Sole Sisters showcases handmade weaves and fabrics through its range of footwear. Their crowd favourite collection of Kolhapuris is the one that comes in eye-popping colours and we're positive gets sold out within minutes. We also love their lineup of simple leather sandals featuring ikat fabric and chikankari embroidery. Our current favourite however is the wicker one in a magnificent teal. 

    Price: INR 3,300 upwards

    Love Kohlapuris? You're going to love this too then. 

    Sole House

    Sole House

    Available on LBB

    A Delhi-based brand, Sole House is all about beautiful hand-embroidered slides, metallic kohlapuris and so much more. They infuse plenty of soul in their shoes. Even the simplest of their designs feature elements that are not usually seen in shoes on the street. For example, the pair of gorgeous block heels with golden zari work, or the peach beaded slides.

    Price: INR 950 upwards

    Pajika

    Pajika

    Available on LBB

    From knotted slides to embroidered juttis, Pajika has sure found favour with all sorts of shoe hoarders. We love that they’re priced right and carry designs perfect for daily wear without being too boring. Their Teal Slides with twisted straps get our vote.

    Price: INR 699 upwards

    Fizzy Goblet

    Fizzy Goblet

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    There are very few shoe brands that embrace colours as well as Fizzy Goblet. You can browse their website for daintily-crafted brogues featuring various fabrics and patterns (from denim to florals). Their jutti section too is worth checking out, with the traditional shoes styled with mirror work, sewn-on faux flowers, and even a couple that have been designed by artist Alicia Souza.

    Price: INR 2,690 upwards

    Yellow Soles

    Yellowsoles

    Available on LBB

    Following classic patterns and minimalistic designs, Yellow Soles' tremendous collection sure wouldn't disappoint. You can pick up classic strappy flats, slingback pumps that will pair beautifully with a pantsuit, and mirror chrome oxfords that will go beautifully with a dress. 

    Price: INR 1,100 upwards

    Zebba

    Zebba

    Available on LBB

    If simple and chic best describes your shoe style, then do give Zebba a try. Here, the good old slides get a stylish makeover, and you can pick them in a range of colours and designs. Apart from sturdy (and stylish) slides, you can also shop for vegan loafers, glossy shoes, embellished kohlapuris, printed mules and SO much more.

    Price: INR 639 upwards

    Needledust

    Needledust

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    Another brand that gives juttis a glamorous edge, Needledust’s range of handcrafted, leather footwear will be hard to pass on. For everyday wear, you can walk away with the juttis made with denim, or the funky ones with flying umbrellas, or those with colourful birds. When you need something with more shine, pick from their range of juttis made with silk, beads, pearls, and rich embroidery.

    Price: INR 2,990 upwards

    Jolaa

    Jolaa

    Available on LBB

    No, we couldn't have ended this list without some sneakers, y'all. Jolaa is this kickass brand that does killer hand-painted sneakers and slip-ons. So, you can find everything from Paper Planes Slip-Ons to Rainbow Lightning Sneakers. They also do some funky, handpainted kohlapuris and slides, if that's what you're aiming for. 

    Price: INR 999 onwards 

    Talking of which, can you never have enough of sneakers? Here are some rad sneakers for you then. 

    Pro-Tip

    Sneakerheads, here are some budget-friendly sneaker brands that you must check out ASAP.