Score a pair of be­spoke shoes for a pit­tance!

Hindustan Times (Gurugram) - City - - HTCITY MY CITY - Aditya Do­gra PHO­TOS: SHIVAM SAXENA/HT

Shoe shop­ping can be an ex­pen­sive af­fair. And in­vest­ing in good qual­ity leather shoes, even more so. But what if we told you that you could flaunt a fab­u­lous pair for rock-bot­tom prices at a neatly tucked away shop in Delhi’s Moti Bagh?

Sit­ting pretty in Bas­rurkar Mar­ket is Om Boot House, a small shop started by a fam­ily of cob­blers that prides it­self in mak­ing be­spoke shoes — leather, suede, rex­ine etc. — and the range starts at ₹500. They spe­cialise in the best of hand-crafted shoes for an in­ter­na­tional clien­tele — ex­pats and em­ploy­ees at var­i­ous em­bassies. You, too, can choose from a va­ri­ety of designs dis­played in the shop or show them a branded de­sign that is on your wish­list, and they’d cus­tom make it for you in just about a fort­night.

The shop had a hum­ble start in 1955, when Mata Deen sat as a cob­bler in the area. As word got out, his work got him many loyal cus­tomers. Soon, he was able to set shop. Later, in 1970, his brother-in-law Bhollu Ram took charge of the shop. This was the time when Moti Bagh transformed into the res­i­den­tial space it is to­day.

“Teen peed­hiyo se chal rahi hai yeh dukaan. Ya­han pehle jo aate the, ab unke bac­che aur potey bhi aate hain (We’ve been run­ning the shop for three gen­er­a­tions. Now, chil­dren and grand­chil­dren of our clients also buy from us),” says Bhollu Ram, who still runs the shop, and also su­per­vises crafts­men.

The ad­vent of e-com­merce web­sites did neg­a­tively im­pact their busi­ness, but the ex­pat clien­tele has stayed con­sis­tent. Govern­ment of­fi­cials and ho­tel em­ploy­ees are also reg­u­lar buy­ers. Pak­istan Em­bassy is a big client. “Word of mouth se kaam kafi badha hai hamara. Jo bhi of­fi­cial In­dia aatey hain, hamare shoes za­roor pehnte hain (Word of mouth publicity has helped. Most Pak­istani of­fi­cials com­ing to In­dia wear our shoes),” he adds.

What’s their hot-selling piece, we ask. Cus­tom-made shoes for walk-in buy­ers. Bhollu Ram shares that peo­ple show pho­tos of the de­sign they want and his crafts­men repli­cate it for them. Here, one can choose every­thing — the ma­te­rial, colour, type of sole, style and de­tail­ing, and that’s what de­ter­mines the fi­nal price. Cool, right?


Owner of Om Boot House, Bhollu Ram says their clien­tele in­cludes ex­pats and ho­tel em­ploy­ees

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