The Essential Guide To Shoe Shopping In Istanbul

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Leather sandals | © Hans Braxmeier / Pixabay
Feride Yalav-Heckeroth

HotiçFrom Louboutin to Nike, Istanbul has an abundance of international brands for shoe-lovers. However, since you’re in Turkey, why not go a little local and focus on Turkish brands that are putting out equally unique designs and high quality materials? At least you won’t see your shoes on anyone else, right? We picked out some of Istanbul’s most popular shoe brands, from casual sandals to dramatic pumps.

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Turkey’s first luxury fashion brand carries collections from international designers but 70% of their products are in fact designed and produced locally under their own name. In terms of shoes, Vakko’s own designs include everything from colorful sneakers, flats and wing tips (for the ladies). You can check out the selection online before making your way to one of the several Istanbul branches.


Good quality and affordability has made Hotiç a household name in the Turkish shoe sector. You’ll always find a myriad of shoes in their stores ranging from the fancy to the more casual. Whether you’re on the prowl for sparkly sandals, classic high heels, cool sneakers or flats with some character, Hotiç has you covered.


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Since its humble beginnings as a small shoe store that opened its doors in 1917, İnci has climbed its way up to 70 separate braches all over Turkey. Their aim is to bring modern shoe designs to both men and women hasn’t changed too drastically and you’ll be sure to find high quality leather shoes from sandals all the way to boots at decent prices.


One of the prime locations for purchasing a good leather jacket, Derimod is also one of the best stores to find shoes. With their moderate prices, you’ll probably end up buying a few pairs from their collection that include some very fancy high heels, lovely suede wedges or ankle boots.


Istanbul’s upscale department store, Beymen, has one of the most mouthwatering shoe sections imaginable, featuring Jimmy Choo, Giueseppe Zanotti and Sain Laurent. If you’re a bit conscious about your spending then Beymen’s own collection is definitely the place to go for beautiful, classic shoes that you can afford. Suede pumps, classic ballerina flats, beautiful leather ankle boots, to name a few, are all awaiting their new owners.


With their French-inspired aesthetic, it’s no wonder that Yargıcı managed to open a branch in Paris. Apart from their lovely floral dresses and Cote D’Azur-inspired home collections, you’ll find a noteworthy shoe range. For something a little bit more casual like striped sandals, flats with tassels and floral pattern sneakers, check out this store.

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