THE SHOE LOVER'S GUIDE TO TRAVEL
Trendy Ethnic Shoes
They're cute, compact, comfortable, and priced so low that it's no big loss if they only last the length of your trip
Unlike the constricting shoes once used for the archaic Chinese practice of foot-binding, these thin-soled mesh slides were created for comfort.
Where to buy: pearlriver.com, or souvenir shops in San Francisco's Chinatown, including China Bazaar (667 Grant Ave., 415/391-6369, $10).
Sole-less cotton dut beoseon are customarily worn indoors and over socks.
Where to buy: Asian supermarkets and traditional Korean dress shops in Los Angeles's Koreatown, including Sin Sae Kae Department Store (3150 W. Olympic Blvd., 323/732-7263, $8).
Gilding, beading, and embroidery once made jutis affordable only to the upper class and maharajas (Indian royalty). Now, thanks to the wonders of mass production, they're accessible to one and all.
Where to buy: jaipur4u.com, or sari stores around Chicago, including Uma Sarees (2535 W. Devon Ave., 773/338-5603, $15).
Scoring the Best Deals at DSW
Designer Shoe Warehouse is a massive chain with more than 200 locations (dswshoes.com). Its size allows its stores to buy in bulk at up to 50 percent off. Each DSW store has about 30,000 pairs of shoes, at a range of discounts. Here's help getting your bearings. --BKG