Ten Second Takeaway

Vishal Foot Wear is a relatively new store in the main Paharganj market run by S Gambhir. Visit it for leather footwear of all types: Kolhapuris, boots, men’s sandals, gladiators, slip ons, ballet flats, juttis – the works.

Prancing with the stars

The store is apparently a hit amongst the stars: The peeps showed us several newspaper clippings of the likes of Sonia Gandhi, Sushmita Sen and Asin donning original Vishal Foot Wear creations. Considering more than half their stock is meant for export, it barely comes as a surprise.

Leather regions

IMG_20160106_125129Vishal Foot Wear, although one of the {relatively} bigger stores in Paharganj, can go unnoticed, but if shoes make you swoon, we’d suggest making a pit stop on your next shopping expedition here. You’ll be greeted by chappals of every colour adorning all three walls.

At first, they may look like your run-of-the-mill kolhapuris but a closer look reveals the expert crafstmanship and the sheer variety. We love their Afeem Kolhapuris {basic brown leather played up with a colourful strip and just a dash of bling}— Mr Gambhir informed us that they’re all the rage in Afghanistan.

They also have a dedicated, albeit small, section for men comprising moccasins, kolhapuris and general sandals. There are also a few options for kids. But the real treasure remains hidden on their first floor where they keep all their export stuff. Climb up the dirty staircase to find sacks filled to the brim with metallic tie-ups, gladiators, knee-high boots and open-toe boots which wouldn’t be out of place in a Vogue.

Quality checks

In an impromptu tug of war match with the owner of the store {the rope here was replaced by a chappal, of course}, we realised how strong the leather really was, when the slipper emerged the victor.

Moreover, they do the basic tightening/loosening to make sure you get the best fit. If this doesn’t work, order a brand new pair exactly as per your measurement. You can even play designer and ask them to make your shoe dreams come true.

Where: 5082-83 Main Bazaar, Paharganj

Nearest Metro Station: Rama Krishna Ashram Marg

Contact: 011 23581960, 011 23581663, +91 9811077729

Price: Starting at INR 350 for a pair of kolhapuris, INR 1,500 for gladiators, INR 2,000 upwards for boots

Timings: 10am – 8.30pm