Kolhapuri chappals, a quintessential summer slip-on, are exquisitely handcrafted footwear, mostly made in the town of Kolhapur in Maharashtra where they are also called “Pie-taan”.
The chappals are available in various sizes, patterns and colors and summer in Mumbai is inundated with new styles and hues, ranging from the regular, earth toned ones - perfect to wear daily with western or Indian wear - to a rainbow of purple, hot pink or lime green kolhapuris as well as muted gold or copper-toned slippers that add sparkle to those hot summer evenings.
I find the best prices at a little shop on Colaba Causeway, tucked away by Apollo Florist. Don't bargain as the proprietor never budges. Expect to pay Rs. 260 for a pair similar to the ones above, approx $5 and enjoy that stylish steal.