Store Review: Steve Madden

August 9, 2011 2:09 pm by

With most women, shoe shopping and civilised behaviour rarely go together. At the week-old Steve Madden store at the Palladium mall, however, there was a peculiar sense of decorum despite the steady stream of customers, perhaps because the average price tag of Rs4,500 doesn’t allow for impulse purchases.

The Mumbai store, the American brand’s first in India, stocks shoes for both men and women and a limited selection of handbags. Those familiar with the brand, which has over 170 stores worldwide, will find many of Steve Madden’s signature styles—precariously high stilettos, six-inch-tall platform pumps, suede booties, knee-length faux leather boots, patent leather peep-toes, platform wedges, espadrilles and Mary Janes. For the bling-favouring customer, the merchandisers have prominently displayed sparkly rhinestone- and sequin-embellished footwear at the front of the store. Even though they offer an adequate selection of flats such as sandals, ballerina flats, gladiators, brogues and moccasins (both glittery and fuss-free), it’s clear that Steve Madden caters primarily to bold women not afraid to strut in a pair of gravity defying snake or leopard print stilettos—in the daytime. Thankfully, in addition to the animal prints that feature across styles, most of the shoes are available in solid colours such as tan, black, beige, blue, pink and nude.

Half the store is dedicated to men’s shoes, with styles quite similar to the ones you will find at Aldo, which also has a store at Palladium (internationally, Steve Madden is probably a notch higher than Aldo in terms of pricing and quality). Predictably tan, black, brown and white dominate the styles for men that include classic Oxfords, sandals, dressy as well as casual loafers and sneakers with and without laces. Women, however, are spoilt for choice, whether it’s a spunky pair of four-inch platform pumps that you’re after or a comfortable pair of flats (they even have a limited selection of bags). However, you may have to come back for your size or preferred colour because they’ve already run out of stocks of certain styles. Prices start at Rs3,500 for flats.