We all treasure our Aldos, Nine Wests, and Charles & Keiths, but the rise of Indian brands in the market over the years has made us sit up and take notice. If you’re planning on buying a new pair of shoes anytime soon, try going the desi route, we say.

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Banwarey

Kutchi shoes: Ever heard of them? We hadn’t either, but now that we have, we can’t stop scrolling through their page. They are made-to-order shoes that are completely handcrafted, with handwoven and natural dyed fabric. Jute laces and the side patterns are also making these some of the most exotic shoes we’ve ever come across and also, some of the nicest.

Where: Email banwarey09@gmail.com to order

 Find them on Facebook here.

The Chalk Studio

The collection at The Chalk Studio features a range of fun and quirky shoes; take a look at their pineapple print wedges and you’ll know what we mean. They also have Oxfords Batik in batik print & leather, colour block flatforms, open-toed wedges, sandals, and metallic ballet flats.

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Contact: +91 8447575557

Price: Starting at INR 999

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Fizzygoblet

Juttis have been reinvented by Fizzygoblet and how! Leather pieces at this brand receive the right makeover of continental styles {read brogues and jutti combos} and royal colours. We're loving their Ikat Collection right now.

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Price: INR 1,500 onwards

Find out more here. Find them on Facebook here. 

Al Artz

They mostly do hand-painted shoes in kitschy prints {Marilyn Monroe, Bob Marley etc}, which are anything but ordinary. Check them out if you want a statement pair of casual shoes in your shoe rack.

Place your order by calling +91 9811970891 or +91 9810003460

Where: 5C, Jungi House, Shahpur Jat

Nearest Metro Station: Green Park

Price: On request

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Needledust

With ghungroos and floral designs, Needledust juttis are perfect for adding some bling to your attire. The detailed zardosi and sequin work makes them just the right pick for all those shaadis.

Where: 40B, Ground Floor, Shahpur Jat

Nearest Metro Station: Hauz Khas

Contact: +91 9599910511

Price: Starting at INR 1,900 {for kids} and INR 2,700 {for adults}

Timings: 10.30am - 7.30pm {Mon-Sat}, 11am - 6.30pm {Sun}

Find out more here.

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Hidesign

Apart from its finely-crafted leather bags and clutches, they also have a pretty great range of shoes. They have a men’s line too, with beautiful leather formal shoes. They also do casual shoes {and footwear for women}, but those formals are where our heart’s at.

Where : Find the complete list of stores here.

Price: INR 2,595 onwards

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Hats Off Accessories

Leather brogues in cutesy colours, moccasins in gorgeous tans and browns, as well as your basic pumps. Hats Off should be your pick for a statement pair of shoes that will give your outfit a great pop of colour.

Where: Shop at Jabong and at Koovs here

Price: INR 2,090 – INR 3,290

Timings: Call for an appointment

Contact:  +91 9999001403 or email them at info.hatsoffaccessories@gmail.com

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Achilles’ Heels

A luxury footwear brand for men, Achilles’ Heels keeps a range of comfy yet classy sandals, loafers, Oxford shoes, smoking slippers, and more. They make use of hand-selected leather sourced from across the globe to make shoes that are avant-garde and absolute beauties.

Shop online here.

Contact: Email them at achillesheel.2012@gmail.com

Price: Starting at INR 5,499

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Hyde Out

Stocked to the brim with flats and heels of all kinds, Hyde Out has a certain soft spot for bling, which is why we’ve bookmarked it mainly for the festive season. Their wedge heels in particular make the visit worthwhile.

Where: 31/32 Lok Nayak Bhavan, Khan Market, Khan Market

Nearest Metro Station: Khan Market

Contact: 011 41757757

Price: Starting at INR 1,100

Coral Haze

A brand new place has popped up on our radar, and it’s high-end Indian couture, in the form of shoes. Handcrafted leather footwear with extremely detailed work, Coral Haze is perfect with designer Indian wear.

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Price:  INR 1,499 onwards

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The Shoe Factory

The collection at The Shoe Factory features stunning shoes for men which are ultra classy, too. They do formal dress shoes {Oxfords, Derby, whole-cut}, as well as more contemporary styles, like dual-toned brogues & suede loafers. More of a customised-shoe-person? They can help with that as well.

Shop here.

Contact: +91 8800489805

Price: On request

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Chappers

Check them out for kohlapuri chappals in cool combinations of teal & silver, bottle green & tan, pink & neon green - for both men & women.

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Price: Starting at INR 1,600

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Image courtesy Abhishek Karande Photography.