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The Puja special MK Guide to the best indie footwear labels

Artisanal cleats and sequin stilettos: Put your best foot forward this Durga Puja

Aatreyee Mohanta | Published 11.10.21, 07:22 PM

Carrie Bradshaw has ditched her Manolos for the season and it behoves us to take a cue and consider under-the-radar labels and independent designers who are offering more in terms of design, comfort and artisanal value. So, this Durga Puja pick footwear that truly goes the distance and lets you pandal-hop with ease.

More and more emerging homegrown labels and contemporary designers are realising the merits of handmade production, guaranteeing superior craftsmanship, novel design elements and impeccable finish. If you’re mulling over indie footwear options, here’s a helpful list to get you started.



The classic mule silhouette has been re-invented constantly. The easy slip-on shoes are tailored to feel as cosy as slippers, only with a very distinct high street finish. Pair these sleek pippa mules from artisanal label Inocchi with jeans, or even a skirt while you go pandal hopping.

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Smart sliders can serve you well in all seasons, be it a plush padded leather insole or something daintier. Embellished options work great for festive styling. This crystal-studded pair from homegrown brand Anokhi can work well with monotone shararas or palazzos.

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These triangular platforms can elevate any look and save you from pesky shoe bites. The heel feels almost like a slope which makes walking more comfortable. This hand-embroidered pair of hot pink wedges by Payal Kothari has a raw silk base and floral sequins!

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Pump heels are chunky which makes them great for walking. A smart square-toe pump can be androgynous, elegant and also quite transitional. This colour-blocked number from luxury label Oceedee has a mid-heel which means it can be styled with something cropped and flared or even with an asymmetrical hemline.

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If you’re game for stilettos, go for something heart-stopping. This ice-blue, hand-embellished pair from Papa Don’t Preach has 3.5-inch heels; you can wear them for a late Nabami dinner and recycle them for potential bridesmaid duties during the oncoming wedding season.

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Ankle Boots

If you’re unsure about investing in boots think of this as a cosmic sign to grab a pair this puja! This vegan leather pair from Paio has a three-inch block heel, double cushioning for comfort and an edgy silhouette; it pairs perfectly with a suit or a cocktail dress.

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Even if you’re not a jutti lover, it is imperative to buy a pair of shoes to see you through the festive season. These embroidered juttis are made from vegetable tan leather and the pop colour works great with denim or a kimono jacket!

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Block Heels

Why go for boring black block heels when some chunky chain detailing is all one needs to zhuzh up a look? This fashionable pair from The Cai Store has a strapped buckle and could be an everyday staple!

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T-strap Heels

Channel your inner Kardashian with these vintage-inspired T-strap Heels. This is a statement silhouette so it works best with dressy numbers or immaculately tailored suits, but take a chance and style these patent Nidhi Bhandari heels with a ruffle sari!

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There’s no reason you can’t be a hypebeast this Puja. This quirky hand-embroidered pair by Saree Sneakers is embellished with pearl, floral sequins and beads so you can turn heads at the Ashtami anjali!

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Last updated on 11.10.21, 08:20 PM

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