Finally a place for big feet to feel at home…
Where one store fails, another triumphs, yet somehow no one seems to offer it all; just down from Freestyle, is Vint that has a good range of sizes (hurrah) and an interesting range of styles. There are however, no prices on the items so get your bartering hat on. Depending on your shopping style, this may be a bonus; no stickered price means negotiations are possible and if you know your stuff you may walk away with a real bargain. That said, with prices starting as low as 100,000 VND, including some newer styles, bartering may not be necessary after all. As of yet we can’t speak to quality but for $5 a pair a few months’ use makes it worth it if you ask me.
Add: 104 Tran Cao Van
Tel: +84 (0) 901 963 663
Fashion forward and fairly priced…
Like Giay Online, Freestyle offers a fixed priced system with stickers on each item, so no need to haggle (a plus for some shoppers, a minus for others!). They have a good selection too; lace up Vans, Nike and Adidas training shoes, plus some interesting options on the fashion frontier. Prices are from around 200,000 – 450,000 VND but sales seem to be happening all the time, pick the right moment and you might find yourself something for 100,000 VND. What’s the downside? You guessed it; limited sizes. Small-footed shoppers are laughing, but those needing larger shoes may find them in short supply.
Add: 120 Trần Cao Vân
Tel: +84 (0) 90 582 84 24
Great new styles but Big Foot may need to shop elsewhere…
Giay Online, which in fact is not online but in store, has a great selection of shoes including many newer styles. Whether you need sports shoes for actual exercise or just for style, the likelihood is you’ll find them here. This store offers everything from a Vans style slip on to an Adidas classic in the ‘style’ department. Alongside these a strong selection of training shoes for the gym, running or sightseeing. All are marked with prices which is a big help when browsing. The downside; sizes are limited, the bigger-footed among us may or may not get lucky but with prices ranging from 200,00 – 450,000 VND it’s worth a look. At the time of writing they had a 10% discount, although you may have to point this out to them to get it!
Add: 7 Ly Thai To, Hoi An
Tel: +84 (0) 93 995 07 79
Everyday and Smart Shoes
Comfort and style for seriously pleasing prices!
Rieker stores are known worldwide, famously as comfortable as they are pricey. This however is Vietnam so grab this opportunity for quality footwear at cheap as chips prices! In this branch you’ll find sandals, low heels and some unusual leather trainers/sneakers. Women’s sizes range from about a 4 – 7/7.5 that’s a 42 euro but after giving my feet the once over the sales assistant wasn’t sure she had anything for my ‘enormous’ British size 7s. She was very polite about it and offered to measure my feet to be sure. But for many expats Reiker is their first port of call as large sizes can be found, especially in sandals. Prices are form 500,000 – about 1,000,000 (all stickered), the leather is beautiful and of a good quality. Keep in mind this brand is four times more expensive outside Asia so if you are interested, now is the time to buy!
Add: 558 Hai Bà Trưng
Tel: +84 (0) 235 3939 555
Great brands and plenty of variety, but big female feet should keep on walking…
Offering flip flops, trainers, plimsolls, sandals, slip-ons and even Tom’s espadrilles Ele has a great variety and is reasonably priced with items starting at 350,000 – 450,000 VND. Labels with prices are a tad sporadic but those that exist give you a ballpark figure to start things off. The trainers are mostly Nike, with no prices and the flip flops are not a known brand. Shock horror, big sizes are limited BUT the friendly assistant (again after a good stare at my freakish western flippers) got his phone out and showed me how to get to Ele Man on Ly Thoung Kiet (220). Not great if you were in the market for ballet pumps or a pair of heels but if you were interested in the trainers, espadrilles or flip flops you’ll find the same range in larger sizes in the men’s shop – unisex and all that.
Add: 570 Hai Bà Trưng/220 Lý Thường Kiệt
Tel: +84 (0) 164 591 5605
Smart shoes and a hassle free approach to sales, browse at your leisure my friends…
Another new addition to the shoe scene of Hoi An, Attom, had both men’s and women’s styles available. The biggest seem to be 7/7.5 for women and 9/10 for Men. They have a variety of options available for women, slip ons, heels and such. For me they seemed to have some slightly more dressy options here. Men as ever are limited to a leather lace up or slip on, although one interesting option of a formal leather shoe with no back…the sandal of the dress shoe world? Plenty of the larger sizes available (not that they are especially large) and the sales assistant left me alone, plus or minus again depending on your style. Prices start at about 350,000 and go up to around 800,000/1,000,000 VND with sandals being at the cheaper end and fancy leathers at the other.
Add: 310 Lý Thường Kiệt
Tel: +84 (0) 93 252 54 79
This is just a handful of what is available in Hoi An, head into the Ancient Town and you’ll find a hundred stores selling any shoe you could envision. Just be wary of low quality craftsmanship and materials.
If you don’t find what you are looking for, consider a handmade pair made just for you.
To help you find the perfect store that can make your perfect pair, read our Guide to Hoi An’s Handmade Shoes
Author: Naomi Swailes
Photos: Mikha Zeffertt