In case you didn’t know, Vietnam is on top of shoe and clothes export in the world. The two main reasons for it are good quality and reasonable prices. And not just domestic brands, you can also find many international brand stores here with a lot of promotions. Let find out where you can get your new shoes and clothes in these three most popular cities in Vietnam.
This article is dedicated only to shoes shopping in Vietnam. For best places to buy clothes, follow our Part 2.
1. Shoe shopping in Saigon
Saigon is probably in top place for shopping in Vietnam in general. Just like Hanoi, you can always find international-brand shoes in malls or shopping centres. Conveniently located near popular attractions such as Notre Dame Cathedral, Ben Thanh Market, and Saigon Central Post Office, you can get to these centres within minutes by different means of transportation or on foot. Here, they offer a wide array of international brands and also renowned local designs at fixed prices. In addition, going shopping in a mall you can also shop other goods, enjoy amazing food and entertainment centres.
Suggested shopping centres in Saigon
- Saigon Center – No 65 Le Loi Street, Ben Nghe, District 1
- Vincom Centre – No 72 Le Thanh Ton Street, Ben Nghe, District 1
- Takashimaya Vietnam – No 92-94 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1
- Diamond Plaza – No 34 Le Duan Street, Ben Nghe, District 1
- Parkson Plaza – 35 Bis – 45 Le Thanh Ton Street, District 1
- Crescent Mall – No 101 Ton Dat Tien, Phu My Hung, Tan Phu, District 7
However, there are tons of small hidden stores on the street as well as in the market that sell quality shoes at a better price. Stop by little designer boutiques may be your preferred choice if you want to gain some insight into the modern Vietnamese fashion. You can make a quick tour to cover the most highlight boutiques in a day since most of them locate around District 1. However, the price may not be fixed here but you can always make a bargain if you buy a considerable large quantity.
Suggested boutiques for you:
- Libé Workshop (Women shoes) – 1st floor, 26 Ly Tu Trong Street, District 1 or 1st floor, 52 Nguyen Trai Street, District 1
- L’Usine (Women and man shoes)- 70B Le Loi Street, District
- Devon London (Women shoes) – 151/13 Dong Khoi Street, 2nd Floor, District 1
For man shoes, you can find places outside shopping malls that offer some international famous brands, especially sneakers. They may have some rare shoes with a cheaper price. Whenever there is a new sneaker release at these stores, they are the top of mind of a Vietnamese sneakerhead. Here are some names for you:
- G-lab (for Jordan, Adidas Originals, Under Armour, Nike) – 135/58 Tran Hung Dao, District 1
- Sole Station (for Jordan, Adidas Originals, Nike) – 140/30 Dang Van Ngu, Phu Nhuan District
- Hang Chinh Hang Gia Re (for Nike, Adidas, Adidas Originals, Asics) – 60/18 Van Kiep, Binh Thanh District
- Real ‘n’ Rare (for Jordan, Adidas Originals, Nike) – 3F Tran Cao Van, Phu Nhuan District
2. Shoes shopping and making in Hoi An
Hoi An ancient town not only is famous for its ancient architectures, local lifestyle, local people, and local food, but it is a heaven for shopping as well. The ancient town is well-known for its custom-made leather goods and clothes. In every corner of Hoi An’s Ancient Town, you can find dozens of these leather and tailor shops, lined up along the streets. They provide you with a massive catalogue and you would certainly feel confused. You are free to pick whatever style you want as a large number of wonderful copies of expensive designer shoes are available. Then, you are able to choose every aspect of your shoes, ranging from the colour of the leather to the type of buckle and sole. Beside shoes, leather bags are also the reason for people to come to these stores.
Although in Hoi An, you have to wait only 24 hours to have a pair of shoes done, you are supposed to order them in advance to avoid being in a rush, especially when you find your shoes not living up to your expectations and need some modifications.
The most famous ones here:
- Friendly shop – No 18 Tran Phu Street
- Yaly Couture – No 385 Nguyen Duy HieuStreet
- An Nam shoe shop – No 647 Nhi Trung Street
- The First Shoes Shop – No 275 Nguyen Duy Hieu Street
3. Shoe shopping in Hanoi
Just like Saigon, you can find your new pair of shoes in every shopping centres and on stores on the streets. There are also world famous brands (including luxury ones) and some not that famous worldwide. Shopping centres and malls in Hanoi for you:
- Lotte Centre – No 54 Lieu Giai Street, Cong Vi, Ba Dinh District
- Trang Tien Plaza – 24 Hai Ba Trung, Hoan Kiem District
Hang Da Galleria Shopping Mall – Hang Da Street, Cua Dong Ward, Hoan Kiem District
- Vincom Mega Mall Royal City Read – 72A Nguyen Trai, Thanh Xuan District
AEON Mall – No 27 Co Linh Street, Long Bien District
There are also some local brands for Vietnamese export shoes with very reasonable prices, some also have international brands with a lot of promotions. However, be aware of fakes as not all small stores can be trusted. Here are some suggestions for shoe stores in Hanoi:
- Juno – No 46 Hang Da Street, Cua Dong, Hoan Kiem District; No 32 Nguyen Chi Thanh, Ngoc Khanh, Ba Dinh District; No 62 Dai Co Viet Street, Le Dai Hanh, Hai Ba Trung District.
- Eva Shoes – No 126 Ba Trieu Street, Hai Ba Trung District
- Hoang Phuc – No 190 Hang Bong Street, Hoan Kiem District (for Kappa); No 79 Hang Bong Street, Hoan Kiem District (for Dr Martens)
- Navy Studio – No 71 Tran Quoc Toan Street, Hoan Kiem District.
Besides, you may want to discover the street named Hang Dau in the Old Quarter dedicated only for shoe selling. The vast majority of the Hanoi shoe stores are located in the Dinh Tien Hoang Street, on the East side of Hoan Kiem Lake and very close to the water puppet theatre. For women shoes, you can find the many shops on the narrow streets of the old quarter of Hanoi. But the best place to buy women shoes (dancers, high heel shoes, party shoes, etc…) is the Hanoi night market. However, the night market only opens on weekends after dark.
The article aggregated from multiple sources.