Head Over Heels

Ro­han Arora

India Today - - COVER STORY -

What's fes­tive shop­ping with­out pretty shoes? And if you have al­ways wanted to buy be­spoke footwear, head to Ro­han Arora's store in Bal­ly­gunge Place. The 32-year-old footwear de­signer's hand­made pieces spell class and there's some­thing for all kinds of tastes and oc­ca­sions. For wed­dings and oc­ca­sion wear, pick up Arora’s plat­form heel san­dals in vel­vet and hand­wo­ven silks fea­tur­ing dainty and in­tri­cate se­quin work. Pretty fem­i­nine joo­tis in leather and vel­vet with pops of bright thread­work are ver­sa­tile enough to pair with both In­dian and fu­sion wear. A must-pick from Ro­han Arora are his “world fa­mous tota or bird chap­pals”. Quirky and colour­ful, these slip­pers make for a unique and fun gift.

For men’s footwear, there are Oxford brogues in leather as well as clas­sic mo­jris in vel­vet and silks. Wor­ry­ing about how mo­jris can be un­com­fort­able till they break in? Have no fear. “The lin­ings in all the shoes are veg­etable tanned sheep skin leather that is re­ally soft and does not leave shoe bites,” says Arora. An­other Arora state­ment is the block print and ajrakh in­soles which while not vis­i­ble, cer­tainly gives the wearer a sense of joy and com­fort.

PRICE Rs 3,000 on­wards

AT Ro­han Arora, 83/4A, Bal­ly­gunge Place DE­TAILS in­sta­gram.com/thero­ha­narora/

Pho­to­graph by SWARUP DUTTA

Block heels by Ro­han Arora

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