Step out in style with these summer footwear

Updated: May 08, 2011, 14:09 PM IST

New Delhi: Kolhapuri chappals, Rajasthani jootis, platform shoes, flat thong sandals... here are some fabulous footwear that will ensure you are not only comfortable in the scorching Indian summer but also stepping out in style.

"Taking into account the fact that footwear is no less important than garments, it is essential to choose a right pair. It`s an open secret that women are obsessed with shoes, but selecting a right pair while keeping in mind the personality and season is the most difficult task," accessory designer Sonal Chavan told reporters.

"A nice pair of footwear can make a difference when it comes to your physique, posture as well as style so they need to be given a lot of thought if you want to look amazingly stylish," she added.

With summer in our midst, markets are flooded with a variety of options to choose from, with some of the most sought after designs being the flat-thong sandals, platform shoes and Kolhapuri chappals.

"Keeping in mind the scorching summer season of India, college going girls and working ladies find it difficult to step out from their home in a sexy pair of stilettoes. So, Kolhapuri chappals and flat-thong sandals are the most in demand because of their comfortability factor and affordable pricing," designer Purvi Khurana told reporters.

She added: "Also, to cover up your feet, platform shoes look absolutely divine. They not only offer a slimming effect but also a great amount of comfort due to the platform heels. For me, these shoes are the best example of comfort and design."

The traditional Kolhapuri chappals and Rajasthani jootis can be worn both in office and outside and are elegant, fashionable choices.

Kolhapuri chappals are available in various sizes, patterns and colours with some of the traditional designs like Kachkadi, Bakkalnali, and Pukari being the most in demand.

Also, these are probably the only type of footwear which can effectively carry off any design without looking awkward.

"We deal with Kolhapuri chappals and Rajasthani jootis and girls are crazy for such footwear. Some are so fascinated that they purchase almost a dozen pairs matching their dress type.

"They are so light weight that anyone can carry them without a hitch. Apart from that, they can be worn for both casual purposes and party wear. The chappals and jootis adorned with gold cord, zari strips, pom poms or gota are perfect for special occasions like weddings and parties," said a shopowner in Delhi Haat.

One can easily get these footwear in markets like Janpath, Sarojini Nagar and Kamla Market, with a price range between Rs.150 and Rs.400.

"I am not a hardcore brand person and this is the reason why I roam around the street markets to get the latest pick. There are so many stores where one can see the evolution of these chappals into its newer shoe-inspired avatar. These can be tied around the ankle or have a loop, which is absolutely stunning," said socialite Divya Khurana.