Shoe Shopping On A Budget? Hit Up These 9 Markets In The City

Nitya posted on 01 May

Have a shoe problem and a budget that’s holding you back? Thankfully, Delhi has enough markets and stores offering good quality footwear at prices that don’t cost the Earth; these nine markets being some of them. Now go one, harbour your love for footwear guilt-free {at least to some extent}.

Janpath

Janpath’s a great option for ethnic footwear for both men and women. The last three shops of the Tibetan Market {before the main Janpath market begins} have walls full of juttis, kolhapuris and ethnic slip-on sandals of every colour, size and style. Even the lane opposite Tourist Janpath has quite a few stores selling leather shoes and flip-flop type footwear {but slightly more formal}. We’ve even bought simple, slip-on sandals from one of these stores for just INR 100.

Price: Starting at INR 100.

Markets

Janpath Road, Janpath, Connaught Place, New Delhi

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    Majnu Ka Tila

    MKT is a paradise for those who want to buy clothing and footwear inspired by Bangkok’s street style at affordable rates. Right underneath the foot over bridge on the main road, you’ll find numerous stores selling everything from classic white sneakers to Adidas and Nike’s decent-looking first copies. Make your way inside the market to the shop opposite Lobsang and to the store opposite Rigo Restaurant for a wider variety of classy boots, strappy heels and printed sneakers {they have cute paw prints too}. Check out our MKT accessories list for more info.

    Price: Starting at INR 850.

    Other

    New Aruna Nagar, Majnu Ka Tilla, New Delhi

      Karol Bagh

      Popular mostly for wedding shopping {clothes mainly}, Karol Bagh also has a lot to offer when it comes to footwear. While you’ll find multiple footwear showrooms like Metro Shoes and Venus Steps selling branded formal shoes and blingy sandals, there are plenty of roadside stores in the main market that stock affordable juttis, dailywear sliders and sandals {mostly for women though}. Check out Pappu Punjab Jutti when you’re here and ensure that you bring your bargaining A-game.

      Price: Starting at INR 400.

      Shoe Stores

      16-A/20, Main Ajmal Khan Road, Karol Bagh, New Delhi

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      Chor Bazaar

      Going all the way to Red Fort on a Sunday and that too, at 6am is a task, but Chor Bazaar is just the kind of place that deserves all that effort. Well really, nothing beats the joy of getting Woodland, Clarks, Steve Madden and Zara shoes at around INR 500, plus the variety here is insane. This market has brogues, Oxfords, leather boots, sandals and flip-flops too all priced at throwaway prices. Only bummer – sifting through large piles and finding the correct size requires some effort and a lot of patience {but it’ll be worth it, trust us}.

      Price: Starting at INR 500.

      Markets

      Meena Bazaar, Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi

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        Paharganj

        Paharganj’s main market has a considerable number of leather shoe stores selling everything from suede gladiators and strappy sandals to kolhapuris, Punjabi juttis and boots {during winter}. Our go-to store here is Bittoo Chappal Vaala for all kinds of leather flats but it’s customised men’s shoes that this store is best known for {yay for all men!}. Friends have also recommended Vishal Footwear for men’s sandals and women’s gladiators.

        Price: Starting at INR 300.

        Shoe Stores

        5084-B, Main Bazar, Near Khanna Cinema, Paharganj, New Delhi

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        Sarojini Nagar

        If you’re looking for blingy wedding sandals, smart boots, cute ballerinas or first-copy sneakers, Sarojini is the place that will have it all.  The three leather export shops in the market stock a wide range of wedges, ankle booties and loafers starting at INR 700. The stalls opposite Babu Market and the store opposite Old Tree offer ethnic footwear {kohlapuris, juttis and slip-on flats}, while the stores opposite to the Old Tree lane have enough footwear options for men. In case you still need more variety, Sarojini also has its fair share of Kins and Stelatoes type mega stores.

        Price: Starting at INR 300.

        Sadar Bazaar {Delhi Cantt.}

        Sadar Bazaar and Gopinath Market are great options for winter shoe shopping. They’ve got a variety of black ankle-length and mid-length boots that are sturdy and priced affordably. If you’re someone who likes simple-looking footwear without a lot of frills, Delhi Cantt. is just the place you need to hit up.

        Price: Starting at INR 1,000.

        Markets

        Sadar Bazaar, Delhi Cantonment, New Delhi

          Mahipalpur Factory Outlets

          We know this isn’t literally a market but it’s a whole street of stores offering budget shoes. A lot of us cross the Mahipalpur road numerous times and dropping by at one of the many factory outlets will do you more good that you’d think. Since these factories store surplus stock, the shoes here are priced at a much lower rate than MRP. Adidas, Nike, Woodland, Puma and Reebok are some of the outlets that you should check out for great styles at great prices.

          Price: Factory outlets stock branded goods, but sell them at typically 30 to 40% discount on MRP.

          Shoe Stores

          House 384, Khasra 734/2, Block L, Mahipalpur, New Delhi

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          Palika Bazaar

          Palika equals all things budget {& notorious}, and there’s no dearth of affordable footwear shoes for guys here. While the shoes might have defects and will be first copies, as long as you check the stuff properly and bargain well enough, you’ll definitely get a good deal. This market doesn’t have a massive variety of footwear for women {just some strappy sandals and ballerinas}, but for men, they’ve got everything from sports shoes and casual sneakers to formal shoes and flip-flops. Only thing to keep in mind when in Palika: bargain.

          Price: Starting at INR 300.