Head to This Market in Delhi for the Best Juttis in Town
Over the past few years, traditional Indian footwear has got a glamorous makeover. Homegrown designer labels have given juttis and kohlapuris a chic modern twist and taken them from ‘dukaans’ to web stores. Cutesy prints, embroideries, mirror work or pom-poms, they’ve got it all. But to this very day, if given a choice, I’ll always head back to where I bought my first pair from – a tiny little makeshift shop in the middle of one of the busiest markets in the city. Yeap, it’s Lajpat Nagar. Men, women, kids; if you’re looking for designer styles and more, at prices that agree with your pocket, this market is exactly where you should head. Read on for more details.
In Shoe Paradise
While there are several footwear stores (Stelatoes. Sona Footwear, Kin’s to name a few) in the market that sell every possible shoe style for the festive season, there’s no beating the variety and the beauty of designs that this cluster of jutti stores houses. Bang opposite Stelatoes are stalls 12, 13 and 14, the dingy little paradise of Indian footwear. First up is Ram Footwear. The most colourful embroideries in a number of designs, beads, mirrors, leather-cut-outs, well, the list is endless.
Juttis for Every Occasion
The collection at Ram Footwear is a good mix of every day, and occasion wear. While the intricacy and well, bling take over the festive line, we loved their simple and neat, plain leather juttis in different colours. Check out this yellow pair that is an absolute must-have for your everyday wardrobe. These are priced at Rs.695. The collection here is a little more expensive as compared to the other shops, with their mirror juttis going up to Rs.1850.
Colours and Cuts
Next up is Varun Jutti Centre. The variety in this shop is going to leave your purse considerably lighter. Zardozi, gota, phulkari and a special range of Pakistani juttis among others, they have it all. Pastels and pop, white to black while covering the tans, the colours leave you dizzy!
Beauty in Pati
Our first pick was this style in gotapati. While they had some super bright colours too, this pistachio green and purplish-grey pair stole our hearts.
Embroideries and Embellishments
Next up was this beautiful range of golden juttis topped with mirror-work. We also picked up a pair of phulkari ones and the classic beaded kinds. Every heavy-work jutti that can be termed as a festive shoe is quoted at Rs.1,200. Now is the time when you bring out your bargaining A-game. Haggle good enough, and you can bring the price down to Rs.700, or maybe even less.
With Love From the Neighbours
What caught our eyes though after buying four pairs already, was this range of stone-encrusted Pakistani juttis, glistening in one corner. A variety of designs, all made in the same stones and a metallic base, these are perfect for those simple-outfit-statement-accessories kinda looks. These too were priced at Rs. 1,200.
And the rest...
The shop in between Ram Footwear and Varun Jutti Centre is also owned by the latter. Here you’ll just find an off-shoot of the collections at VJC. Men’s footwear is a little more dominant here, with a collection that ranges from sleek leather cuts to wedding-ready brocade designs. So well, if you’re looking to make a statement with your footwear just as much as with your clothes this festive season, you now know where you should head.