A QUICK GUIDE TO READY MADE SHOES
One thing no one can survive without? Shoes. Whether your favorite pair of walkers just kicked the bucket or you’re feeling inspired to take up jogging, Hoi An has a shoe for you. But with so many stores out there and more popping up every week its hard to know where to start. Hoi An Now is here to cut through the roughage and bring you a quick guide to shoes…
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
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 Thuong 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) 34 591 5605
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