Shoes. A basic amenity for us all. It doesn’t matter who you are, you need shoes. Be it to protect your feet from the environment, a fashion statement, a mark of class or you’re just short like me and require heels to have eye level conversations with people.
So where do you go to buy your shoes? Is it a worthy brand? And why am i being so pensive about footwear?
You see, shoes are like best friends if you love them and care for them enough they’ll reward you with comfort, style, durability and we indians love durability and it’s totally understandable. I mean if i was investing in shoes worth Rs. 8,000, they sure as hell should last for at least 8 years.
I’m here to tell you about ten brands you should consider before shopping for footwear.
# 12 Bata
Who doesn’t know bata? 2 out of 3 Indians have owned or come across a bata shoe once in their lifetime. If you’re still living under a rock and haven’t heard of bata let me introduce you to canadian multinational footwear brand. They have a retail presence of more than 5,300 shops in over 70 countries. Yes they’re that big. They serve a million shoes each day and these shoes range from environmentally conscious shoes to high tech heels. They also dominate quite heavily over Indian footwear market as they offer good quality shoes at reasonable prices.
# 11 San frissco
A formal shoe brand adding luxe to your average formal shoes. They claim to have 20 years worth of shoe making experience and offer you with premium quality leather footwear for men. They have a large collection of shoes including brogues, oxfords, sandals, loafers, derbys and sneakers. They sure have everything for every man.
# 10 Metro
In 1947, the year of Indian Independence, a shoe store opened in Colaba, Mumbai. That was one day and today is one, where one shop has spread into 189 stores all over India. They’ve got a varied range of formal, casual, sports, ethnic shoes for both men and women. The only reason they were able to spread out that much this early was because they offered an extensive collection of footwear and accessories for entire families to suit every Indian need.
# 9 Lee Cooper
A british company founded in London’s east end in 1908. They majorly produce denim and claim to be as go-to denim for legendary british rock n roll brands. But we’re here to talk about shoes right? They are famous for producing smart casual shoes for men that resemble formal shoes. One word to keep in mind is ‘resemble’ they aren’t exactly formal because of their dramatic design. They are more preferred for casual or experimental dressing.
# 8 Red Chief
In 1997, Leayan Global Pvt. Ltd an Indian brand i might add, launched a brand called Red Chief for to meet the growing demand of high quality footwear in the world. They have their own tannery and manufacturing plants. Their brand is endorsed by Virat Kohli and when the captain of the Indian team tells to you to buy Red chief shoes. You do. Red chief shoes do quite a lot resemble woodland shoes but are more affordable. Red chief leather shoes are popular amongst the younger generation due to their endurance and longevity.
# 7 Mochi
Mochi has had a late yet explosive start in the Indian shoe market. The first mochi store opened up in 2000 on commercial street in Bangalore. Now, it has more than 104 outlets in more than 50 cities around the country. It not only produces fashion footwear for both men and women but other essentials like handbags, wallets, belts, socks, mobile cases, foot care and shoe care products.
# 6 Woodland
Who doesn’t know about woodland? It’s the most recognizable shoe brand in india and the world. When you think of sturdy outdoor shoes you think of woodland. It’s parent company Aero group has been a well known name in outdoor shoe industry since early 1950s. They entered the Indian market in 1992 and launched their first hand stitched leather shoe which took the market by storm and they haven’t looked back ever since.
They have an extensive line of footwear, performance apparel and outdoor gear. They provide phenomenal quality which can last up to several years.
# 5 Bonford
Who? A new revolutionizing shoe makers that’s who. There are designer brands and then there are niche shoe brands. Bonford is an exclusionary shoe brand that only makes formal leather shoes for men. Why would you go to a brand with such limited options? Exclusivity. That’s why. It’s a brand which uses Italian top grain leather, American designs and Indian craftsmanship. These shoes are more secular than most of the countries in the world. But jokes aside, the reason they’ve become so popular is because they offer .
# 4 Red Tape
Red tape was endorsed by Salman Khan, need i say more?
Red Tape claims on it’s website that it has become India’s most loved premium lifestyle brand. It can claim that because they produce high end fashion footwear, clothing and accessories for both men and women.
They are a global brand and spread across United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, West Asia and South Africa. An exclusive international global channel indeed.
# 3 Tresmode
Tresmode is a brand that has kept up with the latest trends in male and female footwear. They keep evolving their styles as often seen on ramps of London, Paris, New York and Milan.
They don’t just offer shoes but great novelty. In 2001, after their launch in Indian market they have established their name and have become a celebrity favorite.
Emmanuel Rossi, an European footwear designer is their head of brand development. They have a large urban clientele in metro cities in India like Mumbai, Pune, Delhi, Bangalore and Chennai.
# 2 Clarks
A brand with a long history. Clarks started 200 years ago when cyrus and james clark made a slipper sheepskin off-cuts. They’ve kept the tradition going by still carving the last by hand from a single block of hornbeam as they did 200 years ago.
They make exquisite tailor made shoes and sell more than 50 million pairs of shoes every year.
They’re a privately owned global business selling shoes in over 35 countries around the world.
# 1 Hush puppies
An American internationally marketed brand making casual and contemporary footwear for men, women and children. They started in 1958 and started a casual lifestyle revolution. Now they please their customers with comfortable contemporary footwear. Every shoe in their catalog has an individual style. They’ve got boots, oxfords, loafers, dress shoes, sneakers, sandals. I’m sure if you go through their website you’ll find more.
The best part about them is their logo of a basset hound who’s named Jason. That logo has become synonymous to the breed of the dog and people often refer to the dog as ‘hush puppies’.