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The ethnic sole

This summer, ditch your branded shoes and opt for Kolhapuri chappals instead. Visit one of these places to get your own pair..

fashion and trends Updated: Apr 17, 2011 15:01 IST
Upama Sinha

There’s an old saying that goes “good shoes will take you to good places” — and if those good shoes are sturdy, affordable and colourful, you will definitely love your walk. Exquisitely handcrafted Kolhapuri chappals are a big hit with the college-goers. We take you to some of the markets in the Capital, where you can buy these affordable chappals.

Central Market, Lajpat Nagar —This shoppers' paradise has a line of shoe shops that sell Kolhapuri chappals. You can either pick their multi-coloured jooti or Roman Kolhapuri. Also check out the Pakistan jootis, which are a rage this summer. For men, check out Varoon Jooti for Amitabh Bachan-styled kolhapuri (Rs 950) and Sukanya Foot Wear for Roman sandals (Rs 150-200).

Karol Bagh—Every shoe shop in this market is invariably dominated by kolhapuri chappals. “A lot of students come here to buy these colourful cheap chappals,” says shopkeeper Vipul Kundan. “Silver and copper are the most sought-after colours,” he adds. From intricate Jaipury threadwork to simple designs, the market is flooded with Kolhapuri of all designs. If you buy from New Lucky shop, they will colour your chappal in the hue you want, all for free. Check out the thong-like straps and the pink or maroon-coloured pompoms that are stitched into it, available for Rs 150.

Janpath Quite many shops in this market stock authentic Kolhapuris. However, the chappals are a slightly over-priced, due to the number of foreign tourists visiting this place. While here, visit Metropolls — which claims its owner, Karan Grover — is 50 years old. The shop has a wide collection of chappals, comparatively cheaper than the other shops. Trimourti Maharashtra Emporium Kolhapuris can also be bought at the Maharashtra Emporium. The price here starts at Rs 350. Where: Trimourti Maharashtra Emporium, Baba Kharak Singh Marg, Connaught Place Tel: 011-23363888.

Types of kolhapuris—The original Kolhapuris are flat and come in basic colours, such as tan and camel colour n Pakistani Kolhapuri are for those, who want heels and style n For stylish comfort, check out Rajasthani Kolhapuri chappals n For intricate designs, invest in Jaipuri kolhapuri.

All about kolhapuris— These chappals derive their name from Kolhapur, a town in Maharashtra, where it was originally made. But now these chappals are made in several parts of India. Not a single iron nail is used in making a kolhapuri. The sole and the upper body of the chappals are stitched with a leather cord. The slippers now have a lot of variations and come in all colours.

Rate list — Lajpat Nagar Price quoted: Rs 295, Bargained price: Rs 200. Price quoted for men’s Kolhapuris: Rs 350, Bargained price: Rs 175-200 . Karol Bagh Don’t shell out more than Rs 175, no matter what price they quote n Janpath Price quoted: Rs 275 Bargained price: Rs 175-200. Sarojini Nagar Price quoted: Rs 150-180, Bargained price: Rs 100.