Homegrown shoe brands to fall head over heels in love with5 minute
By Likita Gowda
"Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world." - Marilyn Monroe
Whether you want to conquer the world or simply put a spring in your step, the right pair of shoes can certainly make your life so much better. Especially the kinds which are super comfortable, fit your feet well and make your outfit look chic and put together.
And lucky for us, we no longer need to rely only on international brands for that. Don’t believe us? Well, we’d suggest you scroll through our list of the most amazing shoe brands with an Indian heart and shoes that tick all the right boxes for every kind of girl.
The brainchild of Dhanraj and Aradhana Minawala, Cai footwear was launched in 2015 with the intention of providing functional and fashionable shoes at affordable prices. They have a whole range of shoes from strappy heels to fun sliders in classy neutrals to pretty pastels. We also really love their collection called ‘You are Magic’ made in collaboration with the renowned fashion blogger, Aashna Shroff. And the USP of Cai is that all their shoes are handcrafted and made with love. And what’s not to love about that.
Founded by Drishti Doshi, this Mumbai based brand has a delectable collection of shoes and clutches. All their shoes are made with cruelty-free vegan leather and are manufactured in small batches to ensure superior quality. Minimal and fuss-free, their designs are super versatile and will go with any kind of outfit. Our favourites from their collection are the gorgeous Lana Heels.
If you are on the hunt for some bold and edgy shoes with a dose of sass, then Chalk Studio is your best bet. This Delhi based brand started by Nupur Nagpal and Aakash Saikia has been making heads turn since its inception. From shoes in quirky prints to bold colours and embellished heels, they have them all. And needless to say, they will make you stand out while helping you put your best foot forward!
Fizzy goblet is a Delhi based brand that puts a modern and beautiful twist on traditional designs. Founded by Laksheeta Govil at the young age of 24, this brand has redefined what juttis should look like! You can find juttis, loafers, heels, sneakers and even boots with intricate embroidery, beautiful sequin work and pretty prints in their store.
When Shirin Mann Sangha couldn’t find juttis in beautiful pop colours for her wedding, she decided to make a pair of her own. She made one with ghungroos and that’s pretty much how Needledust began. Now a favourite with celebrities like Sonam Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Katrina Kaif, Deepika Padukone, Priyanka Chopra, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan etc, this designer jutti brand has the most unique designs and innovative patterns that one could find in the market. Check them out and you would know what we are talking about.
The Sole Sisters
If you’ve been looking for traditional footwear that is not boring, then look no further because The Sole Sisters has you sorted. With Kolhapuris in vibrant pop colours and handcrafted cane wicker to flats in handwoven textiles, their shoes are timeless, very cool and evoke joy the moment you put your feet in them.
PETA approved, Paio is a cruelty-free, vegan and sustainable brand making beautiful shoes with a conscious ethos. They are constantly experimenting with new-age materials to make their shoes and some of the materials they use are hemp, faux-leather, jute and faux-silks. And that’s not it, they also ensure that their packaging is sustainable as well. Sustainability aside, all their shoes are absolutely gorgeous and chic and we’re sure that you’ll have a tough time trying not to shop them all!
True to their name, they have shoes that will not only fit you well but also fit in really well with your design sensibilities. Founded in 2015, they have everything from trendy heels to classy flats, mules, wedges and more. Their high-quality vegan shoes have us very impressed and we can’t wait for you to try them out.
Handcrafted, ethical and sustainable, Bombay Brown is another lovely shoe brand that we came across. They have a whole range of shoes from modern kolhapuris to mules, sliders and even neon flats to woo you in. But what really sets them apart is the fact that they offer free customisation on every order! Yes, you heard us right, they customise your shoe so that it fits you right and is super comfortable to wear for hours on end.
And last but certainly not least, we have Eridani. Made for the modern Indian woman, their styles are elegant, classy and effortless. Not only are we fans of their simple and chic designs but we also love that each of their shoes have a name that matches them to the T.
1. Can you create shoe brand?
Ans. Yes. Why not? The most amazing shoe brands with an Indian heart like Cai Store, Essdee Accessories, Chalk Studio are all led by some amazing women entrepreners like Aradhana Minawala, Drishti Doshi and Nupur Nagpal. We hope to get a chance to write about you next!!!
2. Are shoes with a heel better?
Ans. That depends on your comfort level. Whether you prefer shoes with heels or flats, you should feel comfortable! The above homegrown brands offer best of both varieties, heels, flats and more.
3. Is head over heels footwear brand homegrown?
Ans. Headoverheels.co.nz is actually a luxury women's footwear and accessories website from New Zealand.