Warning: the following guide may inflict serious damage on your wallet. But trust us, it’ll be totally worth it once you unleash your new wardrobe!
Shoes in Hoi An
As you walk the streets of Old Town, the seductive display of leather shoes can really tug on your heart strings. But if you aren’t careful, it’s your purse strings that will feel the blow as you realize you have bought a very low quality shoe for a lot more than you should have.
I had been thinking for a few weeks that I wanted a leather bag made to replace my rucksack but I had no idea where to start. There are plenty of shops all over the Old Town advertising ‘real leather!’ or ‘bespoke for you!’ but I wanted to make sure I was getting a good deal. And it wasn’t helpful seeing leather goods advertised as ‘real!’ (usually in a loud, colorful font) – when I see that I’m immediately suspicious. When you’re looking at prices from $100 to $200 USD, you want to make sure you’re getting the real deal.
For those wishing to take home a piece of Hoi An’s lanterned charm, the Night Market on An Hoi Islet (across the river from Hoi An Old Town) provides a large array of inexpensive souvenirs and snacks from which to choose.