Shoe Shopping On A Budget? Hit Up These 14 Markets In The City

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Have a shoe problem and a budget that’s holding you back? Thankfully, Delhi has enough shoe markets and stores offering good-quality footwear at prices that don’t cost you a leg and an arm; these nine markets being some of them. Now go on, 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 shoe stores selling leather footwear and flip-flops (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

Best Known For: Jewellery, footwear, apparel 

Nearest Metro Station: Rajiv Chowk on the Blue and Yellow Line.

Majnu Ka Tila

This shoe market 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 boots, strappy heels, and printed sneakers. Check out our MKT accessories list for more info.

Price: Starting at INR 850.

Best Known For: First copies, footwear, apparel 

Nearest Metro Station: Vidhan Sabha Metro Station on the Yellow Line.

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, daily wear sliders and sandals (mostly for women though). Check out Pappu Punjab Jutti when you’re here and make sure that you bring your bargaining A-game.

Price: Starting at INR 400

Best Known For: Ethnic clothes, Indian footwear (juttis, kolhapuri and more)

Nearest Metro Station: Karol Bagh metro station on the Blue Line

Pro-Tip: While you're here, check out our hood Guide for everything you can do in Karol Bagh.

Chor Bazaar

Going all the way to Red Fort on a Sunday and that too, at 6 AM is a task, but Chor Bazaar is just the kind of place that deserves all that effort. Well nothing really 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 for 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

Best Known For: Leather boots, bags, antique, vintage items

Nearest Metro Station: Jama Masjid metro station on the Violet Line.

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. Friends have also recommended Vishal Footwear for men’s sandals and women’s gladiators.

Price: Starting at INR 300

Best Known For: Clothing, jewellery, footwear

Nearest Metro Station: The Jhandewalan Metro Station on the Blue Line

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 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

Best Known For: Affordable clothing, boots, bags

Nearest Metro Station: Sarojini Nagar on the Pink Line

Pro-Tip: While you're here, check out our hood Guide for everything you can do in Sarojini Nagar.

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

Best Known For: Boots, cosmetics, jewellery

Nearest Metro Station: Tis Hazari on the Red Line

Mahipalpur Factory Outlets

We know this isn’t literally a shoe 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.

Best Known For: Branded factory outlets of sports and footwear brands

Nearest Metro Station: Ghitorni Metro Station on the Yellow Line

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

Best Known For: Copies of branded items, electronics 

Nearest Metro Station: Rajiv Chowk on the Blue and Yellow Line

Pro-Tip: While you're here, check out our hood Guide for everything you can do in Connaught Place.

Rajouri Garden

While commonly known for budget wedding wear, Rajouri is also a great option for footwear shopping, since there are scores of stores that sell flats, ballerinas, heels, formal shoes (for both men and women), and much more. Not only that, there are also plenty of street stalls that sell flip-flops, and whatever kind of footwear is trending that week.

Price: Starting at INR 300

Best Known For: Wedding wear, ethnic footwear

Nearest Metro Station: Rajouri Garden on the Blue and Pink Line

Pro-Tip: While you're here, check out our hood Guide for everything you can do in Rajouri Garden

Humayunpur

If you love chunky and colourful sneakers, then Humayunpur should be on your shopping list. The stores in the market mostly have first copies of popular sneakers, such as Nike Air Max, Converse All Stars and many more. If you're visiting during winter, you will also be able to find leather boots and brogues here.

Price: Starting at INR 1,000

Best Known For: Food and thrift stores for boots

Nearest Metro Station: Green Park metro station on the Yellow Line

Pro-Tip: While you're here, check out our hood Guide for everything you can do in Humayunpur

Monastery Market

If you're specifically looking to shop budget running or sports shoes, then this is a good market to check out. Monastery market predominantly only has clothes and footwear for men, but the designs they stock are so versatile, we feel you should definitely give it a go (if you can find you size!) Sharpen your bargaining skills before you plan a visit.

Price: Starting at INR 500

Best Known For: Men's clothing and sports shoes

Nearest Metro Station: Kashmere Gate Metro Station on the Yellow Line

Kohlapur Road

This Kamla Nagar street market does not disappoint when it comes to budget footwear shopping. Right off the bat, you're met with around ten stores that sell juttis, heels, ballerinas, shoes—you name it, they have it. Stores like Stelatoes and Bata are quite popular, but if you wish to check out the lesser-known ones, they're pretty good too.

Price: Starting at INR 500

Best Known For: Ethnic wear and footwear

Nearest Metro Station: GTB Nagar on the Yellow Line

South Ex

If you're looking for proper shoe stores head to South Ex. They've got way too many options, you'll find stores like Metro Shoes, Venue Steps, Kala Niketan, Bata, Crocs and much more that have all sorts of styles, from boots and slippers to fancy heels and juttis. The best part is that most of them have some or the other offer going on almost throughout the year. 

Price: Starting at INR 1200

Best Known For: Wedding wear, footwear stores, real jewellery

Nearest Metro Station: South Extension on the Pink Line

Pro-Tip: To know everything about South Ex, check out our Hood Guide here

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