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Hush Puppies

Hush Puppies: Classic American Shoe Brand at Citystars

  • Phase 2, Level 1, Citystars, Omar Ibn el Khattab Street
  • Footwear
  • 10AM - 12AM -
reviewed by
Salma Tantawi
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Hush Puppies: Classic American Shoe Brand at Citystars

If there’s one thing that’s
true in this world, it’s that you can definitely never have too many
shoes – guys and girls. Hush Puppies in Citystars has quite a collection that
is variable to an extent, yet they don’t seem appealing enough- even for a dedicated
shoe addict- to stand out in the midst of all the affordable, practical shoes shops
that have taken over Cairo.

A look at the
dozen or so pairs in each of the three departments for women, men and children
will give the impression that these shoes have been on the shelves for at least
two years, and their styles don’t suggest otherwise.

The quality of
leather and fabrics of the shoes are very good, though; their smooth leather is
both comfortable and chic-looking. A pair of high heeled plain black shoes will
set you back 750LE. However, you can find a more impressive pair of gold
sandals for 600LE and they are definitely more comfortable.

Though you’ll almost
certainly find one type of shoe to your liking, there aren’t many choices of within
each style. Classic brown short-heeled shoes (500LE) can be found next to ballet
flats (188LE), which sit right beside flowery flip flops (300LE); wherever you
look, there’s something different, for better and for worse.

Most of the items
in the men’s section look almost exactly the same. A basic pair starts at
700LE and there’s a small section where you can find leather flip-flops for
400LE. There’s also quite a lot of shoe care items for leather and
fabric sneakers, which are available for many colours and start from 39LE.

The kids’
department is the smallest section of all. In fact, you can easily miss it if
you’re not looking thoroughly through the ladies’ department, as it is right
next to it. Hush Puppies may well be the owner of the tiniest shoes on the face
of earth, and though this thumb-sized footwear cost 200LE, it’s hard to resist
buying it.

Hush Puppies also
provide accessories such as socks and shades with quirky designs, like the
huge-framed glasses with red leopard print (300LE). A couple of not-so-eye-catching
handbags hang on the wall of the store, but will do if you’re looking for a
plain, well-made leather bag
which can cost around 500LE.

Despite the cute puppy
logo sympathetically staring at you, Hush Puppies isn’t a store to fall in love
with from the first visit. You might be lucky and find what you’re looking for,
but due to the limited number of options, this might not always be the case.

360 Tip

Hush Puppies also has a branch at Mall of Arabia.

Best Bit

Simple and elegant ballet shoes are available in good quality.

Worst Bit

The shop’s atmosphere doesn’t encourage a lengthy visit, especially when being followed by the shopping assistant.

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