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Homegrown footwear brands that should be on your radar

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Shoes may be the last item you wear before heading out, but it is in no way the least important one when it comes to completing your look. Be it Carrie’s iconic blue Manolo Blahniks in SATC or Poo’s mismatched pair of reds in K3G, shoes can make or break a moment. And while we have appreciated several global brands, it’s time we recognise the importance of promoting homegrown ones. 

From juttis to slides to oxfords, you will find a plethora of stunning options in India from brands that are born right here. We’ve curated a list of five homegrown footwear brands that need a place in your shoe closet!

Zouk 

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Homegrown and cruelty-free, Zouk will offer you elegance blended with Indian artistry. Pick from a range of mules, bellies and more in unique designs, crafted from vegan leather. It’s the perfect gift for your bestie (or yourself!) in the festive season and beyond, especially if you love contemporary designs but with a bit of reflection of your roots. 

Cai 

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The name means ‘happy’ in Welsh and with the brand’s unique and new-age designs, you are bound to find a spring in your step! Cai was incepted with the intention of offering vegan leather and non-leather footwear at a price that wouldn’t break the bank. You will be able to get your hands on both casual and festive collections with a wide range of open and closed flats and heels. 

Aparajita Toor

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The intent behind this homegrown brand was born to make footwear that helps you express who you are. They started off by crafting intricately designed Indian sandals in vibrant hues. Today, you can choose from various patterns and designs—gladiator flats, pencil heels, block heels, wedges and more.

Paio 

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If you’re looking for footwear to go with your next festive outfit, Paio has a wide range of products that are cruelty-free and conscious. With so many design elements to choose from—embroidery, prints and more—you can never be short of options. From Shraddha Kapoor to Kriti Sanon, celebs have donned these comfortable shoes to put their best foot forward!

Oceedee 

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From mules to slides to heels, Oceedee has it all, and in contemporary design! We love this brand for shoes that can be taken from work to an evening out, with just a change in the outfit (or not!). The colours are vibrant and yet soothing to the eyes and those who swear by the neutrals, can find something as well!

Fizzy Goblet

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Embellishments, embroidery and shine—footwear from Fizzy Goblet will give the best of all worlds. From juttis to sneakers, the homegrown brand is known for experimenting beyond the ordinary.