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Shoe Shopping Guide: Cairo Kicks

Shoe Shopping Guide: Cairo Kicks
    written by
    Kate Dannies

    Shoe shopping has never been
    a strong feature in Cairo’s
    retail scene. Let’s face it: the shoes available around town tend to be either
    inexpensive and badly made or gorgeous and bank-breaking. Add to this dilemma
    the fact that the urban jungle of Cairo
    likes to eat new shoes for breakfast makes shelling out half a month’s salary
    for the perfect pair even more devastating.

    Luckily, the shoe situation in Cairo has been slowly
    improving along with the rest of the city’s retail options. There are now a
    select few shops where cute and affordable shoes can be obtained– this is one
    urban trend that we can’t wait to see more of.

    69: Although known primarily as
    an edgy clothing boutique stocking fairly pricey items, the 69 secret is its
    stock of amazing and reasonably priced shoes. We love the selection of on-trend
    sandals, ballet flats and heels priced around 200LE. The best time to stock up
    is at sale time; head there now to pick up cute sandals at great prices that
    will still be stylish next summer. We can’t wait to see what they have in store
    for winter footwear: affordable boots and patent pumps? Heaven!

    Club Aldo: Not
    to be confused with international shoe chain Aldo, this shop is the Cairo
    fashionista’s dirty little secret: everyone shops there; but few will admit to
    doing so. If you ask us, there’s nothing wrong with wearing a bargain shoe loud
    and proud– as long as it doesn’t look like one. Shopping at Club Aldo requires
    making strict distinctions between copied trends done well and copied trends
    gone wrong– stick with the simplest models in the best-looking materials for
    optimal results. Club Aldo’s wide selection of sandals, flats, pumps and high
    heels are priced from just 50LE to 200LE. The shoes can often trick even
    experienced shoppers into making impulse buys; so tread carefully.

    Khan El Khalili: Laugh all you want, but we
    think this market may just be the new place to head to for dirt-cheap shoe
    shopping. Yes, parking is a hassle, vendors are annoying and a lot of effort
    needs to be put in to produce results; but if you can look past these issues,
    we can guarantee that a respectable and affordable pair of shoes awaits you in
    Khan El Khalili. We particularly like the Moroccan-style leather shoes in a
    variety of colours from black to orange for less than 50LE. Look for the plain
    ones that are virtually indistinguishable from your basic ballet flats and will
    probably last longer, or opt for the flashier patterned varieties. Next time
    you find yourself short on cash and in need of new shoes the Khan is your place–
    what’s the worst that could happen?

    Shoe Room, Maadi: Tucked away near Maadi’s
    Grand Mall, with numerous other locations in Mohandiseen, Nasr City, and New Cairo to name a few, Shoe Room offers affordable sandals, flats and a few heels along
    with a surprising collection of beach bags and accessories. While the offerings
    at Shoe Room are not always appealing, regular visits can yield results in the
    form of cute and cheap footwear. We suggest procuring your entire repertoire of
    beach accessories from this shop: the beach tote bags are surprisingly stylish,
    while the casual sandal selection is the store’s main strength. With prices
    starting at just 50LE, Shoe Room is worth checking out on a regular basis.

    Shoe Express, Obour City: A little out of the way for
    some shoppers, but still a saviour for inhabitants of New Cairo; Shoe Express in Obour City
    is a reasonably priced shoe haven offering a good selection of footwear for
    both men and women. With prices starting around 80LE and rarely exceeding 350LE,
    plenty of good deals can be found at this shop. We like the casual flats and
    sandals for daily wear and tear; and we suspect that a reasonable pair of
    evening shoes could be found with enough patient searching. Just remember: not
    all affordable shoes are created equal; so be careful not to be seduced by
    cheap price tags into buying hideous footwear.

    Tata Tio:With branches around Cairo, Tata Tio is one of Cairo’s fastest-growing local shoe retailers.
    Offering a wide range of styles from sandals to boots and bags, affordable and
    attractive options are ripe for the taking. We love Tata Tio’s great sandal
    selection, which features replicas of the latest seasonal trends from oversized
    jewels to gladiator heels. They also have a solid collection of evening shoes
    and bags to choose from. It goes without saying that some of the models on
    offer at Tata Tio are huge misses, but the amount of great finds are a pleasant
    surprise, with prices starting at 100LE.