buying Shoes in India

#1 Sep 14th, 2008, 23:10
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hello,

I will leave for india in about two weeks and I'm wondering which shoes I should take with me: I will stay 3 months in dehra dun until december, so I will even need some "covered" shoes as it will probably get cold.

shoes:
of course, my TEVAS... they're great and they even "look good"...
furthermore, my flipflops
but what then...? I have hiking boots, but they are very heavy and quite new, I don't want to carry them with me and I don't want to leave them in dehra dun neither when I start my further travelling.
I don't have "good" other shoes, just quite worn out everyday shoes which aren't waterproof nor have a good profile. I think I will take them with me but I will need to buy other shoes.

I would like to buy some new, light kind of hiking shoes in India, but I'm concerned about my shoe size: I've got a 41 (german size, i know few women with bigger feet than me). are there good shoes available in this size, to a good price? or what kind of light shoes would you reccomend me which are good for some trekking and even just for a day in the city?

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#2 Sep 15th, 2008, 09:13
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Dehradun is not going to be so sold as Switzerland. I think whatever you have is good enough.

In case you are interested to buy something, check this post. It has many pointers in Delhi and Mumbai to buy good shoes.

Trekking shoes / Alpine trekking shoes in India
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shoes in India

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My husband and I lived for over 3 years in India and you should be forewarned that, overall, India has lousy shoes! You can probably find a wide variety of jogging type shoes, but all are knockoffs and not very good quality. (ok, if you want to get them and throw/give them away when you leave) Unless you are in Rajasthan, it is very difficult to find real leather shoes or sandals...almost everyone wears rubber thongs for just walking around, so my advice is to bring good comfortable shoes that you like. Rajasthan is famous for leather "jutis"; slip on lightweight leather (handmade) shoes (flat, no heels) that will form fit to your foot when you get them wet, and also cute beaded/bejewelled flat sandals,(for about $5.00 U.S.) but that was the best I could find. Happy travels!
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India has actually changed quite a bit now, and you can find good shoes if you go to the larger metros, they carry original Nike, Adidas, Reebok etc...and they are the same shoes one buy in the west.

EDIT:

Just read the OP's last few lines.

I didn't really see a lot of hiking shoes in India so you may want to bring a pair from Switzerland, although the "woodlands" brand did look like they'd be pretty good hiking shoes, I do not have personal experience with those, i'm sure one of our India resident members will come along soon enough and give you more information on this.

Good Luck.
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Up at Mussoorie, there are all these shoes as mentioned above and they are perfectly alright. (Adidas, reebok etc.)I have bought lightweight sneaker type shoes from the Bata shoe store where you get cheaper versions and they are fine.
If you are at Dehra Dun which is below Mussoorie and is a much larger city, you will have no problems finding closed in shoes for getting about when it gets colder. I wouldn't bring your heavy boots with you, making more weight in your luggage.
And yes, mayajaya - there has been a huge change in the choice of shoes you can find these days. Delhi is the perfect spot if you want all those brand name ones, and they are genuine as well, if you buy from the brand name shop.
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Interesting no-one has addressed the size issue. I don't think many Indian shops would stock a women's 41 - which is my size, too. I could be wrong, but I suspect that everyone else who has replied here takes a much smaller size...
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Make sure the soles are not just glued on ... and if they are secured that way then make sure the glue used is not of the water soluble variety like the loafers I bought at Woodlands (CP,Inner Circle) obviously were, and which I happened to literally 'walk right out of' one very memorable rainy day.
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For hiking type shoes, sneakers, many women with larger feet, like myself (I'm about 42 I think) buy men's shoes - they don't look much different. And yes, I have seen women's styles in 41.
Not everyone else replying here takes smaller sizes, vireya!!
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I wore some Columbia "trail shoes" just about everywhere
. http://www.campmor.com/images/footwear/10510.jpg

I took my Birkenstocks but found them impractical in a lot of places, because there's a lot of grit around and it gets under your feet.
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Originally Posted by Aishah View Post Not everyone else replying here takes smaller sizes, vireya!!



Sorry Aishah! I shouldn't have assumed - I just thought that as no-one had mentioned the size, it may not be an issue for them personally. I have enough trouble buying shoes in Australia, but I must admit I haven't tried in India. That goes back to an unfortunate experience with sandals from India I had back in my teenage years, to which I was extremely allergic.

I'll look more closely in December!
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Just to clarify, I was allergic to the sandals, not my teenage years...
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My experience, with a female shoe size 41, is that it is not easy to find comfortable shoes in India in this size. If you have feet that are a bit "wider" than normal, apart fom being long, it becomes even more difficult. If you have a high foot arch (eg your feet are not "flat"), it adds even more difficulties. I have not been able to buy well-fitting shoes in India, apart from sandals (flipflops). And there to the choice is limited. They might be long enough, but not wide enough, they might be long and wide, but then the straps can be too tight etc.

That said, after so many cinderella-experiences I have given up trying to buy closed shoes in India, so over the past few years things may have changed.

If you are in the mountains, good footwear and good fitting foot wear is essential, so I'd suggest you buy the shoes you need at home and bring them. Even if they are heavy, it is worth it to carry them. You will certainly have more choice at home than in India.

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