The Best Ethnic Footwear for Ladies That Are Must-Have This Season
One of my favourite things about being Indian is that we are not afraid of bright
shiny colorful celebrations – and what better way to showcase this than with
traditional outfits and ethnic footwear.
Indian traditional ethnic footwear has a long and colorful history. Starting with the
leather handcrafted kolhapuri chappals which have been around for over a
thousand years, to the ‘jutti’ or ‘mojari’ originating in North India but now muchbeloved throughout the country, the variety is extraordinary.
The textiles and handicrafts of India are also well exhibited through the array of
ethnic footwear found here – you can find the mirror work, stonework and zardozi
embroideries, you can find bandhani and kalamkari prints, and of course you can
find a beautiful fusion of Indian handicrafts and western styles like heels and
Today’s traditional, festive and wedding fashion is a culmination of a long evolution,
a relic of heritage that we have inherited but also a representation of contemporary
style that we have adopted. In a country as multicultural and celebratory as ours
there are many occasions to express ourselves through our style.
We have entered a festive period that is going to last a lovely few months until the
end of the year. Whether it is Navratri or Diwali, a party or a puja, there will be
plenty of opportunity to wear your gorgeous new traditional outfits and footwear.
So, dust off those sari bags and pull out your shararas, twirl away in your lehengas
and drape your dupattas. It is time to shine in the most beautiful way our culture
intended for us. Below you will find the best ethnic footwear styles that will light up
your festive season.
Crushing on Kolhapuris
We are big fans of this traditional style of footwear because they are just so
versatile. Women – and men – have been wearing kolhapuris for generations. The
beauty of this style is that the more you wear a pair the more comfortable that pair
gets – the leather gets softer and they mold to your feet. The fun is that now you
can get them in so many styles and colors that they work with casual and formal
outfits. My absolute favorite style recently has to be the kolhapuri stiletto – talk
about rocking that fusion wear! Especially with the trending outfits now being a fusion style with jackets and pants – or skirts and shirts – this fusion style off Footwear is absolutely spot on.
Mojri and Mules
We love mojris – some call them juttis – because they are as comfortable as ballet
flats but just so much cuter with fun embroidery and prints. Mules are like mojris
that are open-backed. They also come in heels, especially little block or cone heels.
Super elegant this style is great with anarkalis, kurta suits and saris.
Zardosi & Hand Embroidery
The best of Indian fashion, footwear with traditional prints and hand embroidery
with tikkis, stones, beads and mirrors as well as thread work is a much-loved
fashion statement. Style up your Indian wear with the brightest and loveliest of
zardozi and hand embroidery. Studded with diamonds and stones these styles will
have eyes turning towards you at every festive occasion.
Festive Shimmer and Bling
Sometimes all it needs for a pair of women’s footwear to work with your traditional
outfit is a bit of shimmer. Take a regular strappy stiletto and dip it in shimmer and
it becomes the perfect pair to wear with your wedding sari. The same goes for your
gold pointy toe pumps and your glam ankle strap wedges. When in doubt, add
It must be said that whether it is wedding footwear or any festive occasion or party,
Indian women’s ethnic footwear offers an enormous range for us to play in.
Whether you are looking online or offline, you will find the best ethnic women’s
footwear range with a brand like Regal Shoes. So, get out there in your ethnic best
and shine away like a Diwali ka Diya.