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Dokki, Cairo, Egypt.
Talon: New Shoe Shop in Dokki with a Little Sophistication
Commence eye-rolling. Yet another shoe shop has opened on Mosaddak Street. Nevertheless, despite the large number of such shops, this one seemed particularly worthy of further inspection.
Just across the street from Pizza Hut, the shop is definitely hard to miss with a large and bright window that’s inviting with a display of their newest collection. Consisting mainly of patent leather middle-sized bags in different summer colours such as orange, red, yellow and white, they come with a price tag of 235LE; they also come with matching peep-toe pumps that cost 150LE.
Inside, there’s an extended collection of bags in varying styles and colours. Though some of the bags come in bright colours, the most stylish are the brown leather ones. Whether the bag is average sized or a pouch, the prices range around 200LE.
Talon also offers some colourful Burberry which are highly unappealing. Besides them obviously being knock offs, with tawdry colours, they are also slightly more expensive than the other, much more stylish alternatives.
When it comes to the shoes, we easily spotted a good number of enticing pairs. Given its name, the shop really does stand out with its heels collection. Colourful leather sandals with medium to high wedged heels come at a price of 115LE, while high-heeled canvas sandals cost 125LE. There’s also a remarkable patent leather pump collection, available in different colours and costing around 150LE.
On the other hand, the shop’s flat shoes collection wasn’t nearly as impressive. Canvas shoes were in limited colours and bear a price tag of 95LE. Silver-studded leather ballerinas come in the basic colours of black, brown and camel and cost 75LE. There is also a choice peep-toe flats designed with two intertwining colours at a price of 90LE. A small collection of gladiator sandals range from 95LE to 115LE, but their excessive ornaments take a lot out of their style.
One thing which distinguishes Talon from most other shoe-shops is its kids’ collection, although the collection itself is not the least bit impressive. Ranging from colourful beach sandals to leather ballerinas, the entire collection is highly tacky to say the least.
Overall, we must give a thumbs up to the quality of Talon’s products. The finishing is meticulous and quite sophisticated, especially considering the relatively fair prices.
Known for providing a Cairo shopping experience for the elite, it makes sense that Ego has opened a second branch in Giza's swanky First Mall. Exclusively stocking internationally renowned, high-end brands, the prices are unsurprisingly extortionate for the average shopper; but that's no surprise with Armani, Jimmy Choo, Yves Saint Laurant, Chloe and many other designer labels in stock. Unfortunately, however, no clothes are stocked at this branch; just accessories.
Immediately, we were greeted with the dreaded, uncomfortable air of scepticism from the shop assistant, who then proceeded to follow us a little too closely around the shop as we browsed the immaculate displays.
The first section is solely dedicated to women’s handbags, wallets and shoes, while several stands boast a collection of accessories. Despite being from reputable brands, some of the pieces seemed a little tasteless and carelessly picked, whereas others were effortlessly classy. We spotted a range of colourful Zagliani snake-skin handbags, quality knee-high boots from Baldan, and a beautiful pair of grey, soft leather boots from Sergio Rossi which were priced at almost 10,000LE. The range of Jimmy Choo offers classic pointed heels, eye-catching diamante high tops (7700LE), or neat pumps for over 4000LE.
The second half of the shop is dedicated to male shoppers, showcasing a wide variety of quality, smart and casual shoes from the same, and other similarly, big brands. We noted a pair of blue suede loafers, attractive ankle boots and sneakers, along with several boxes of cufflinks, belts, wallets and silk ties. There was also a limited section dedicated to children’s footwear, with dinky pairs of shoes priced upwards of 1000LE.
Before we’d managed to find that perfect gift we were looking for, the shop assistant seemingly took offence to whatever it is he thought he read on our mobile phone, and the shop manager herself was called over to continue the systematic stalking. Practically breathing down our necks, we were aggressively quizzed on why we were looking at so many price tags – because, obviously, this is against unwritten shopping codes. Following a brief, incredibly unpleasant confrontation, we were practically escorted from the premises.
Ego brings products from some of the world's biggest designer brands to Cairo, and for that, we’re grateful. With such glamorous goods and high prices, one would also expect impeccable customer service; however, should you appear over-curious, or use your phone too much whilst browsing, you might just be shamelessly hung out to dry by the management.