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shoes and sarees

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shoes and sarees

My wife and I want to go to shops that sell Indian sarees. As my wife's interest in sarees is new since her last visit a few years ago, we are not too sure where we should go to find a reasonably broad selection of stores that sell sarees. We figure that Brick Lane would be a good bet, but where else might we check?

Also, we are looking for a shop, or shops, that sell shoes that are not made of leather (ie vegetarian shoes). I know of a few online shops in the UK and the US (and have even ordered some dress shoes from a US online shop), but we are looking for somewhere where one can actually try on the shoes: mail ordering shoes is really not all that practical! Any ideas?

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1. Re: shoes and sarees

RE: the shoes - the only shop that I know of that sells vegetarian shoes is here in Brighton (a 50 min train ride from London, and a great day trip besides). It's called Vegetarian Shoes, and the address is 12 Gardner Street, Brighton (in a great shopping area called the North Laines). Tel: 01273 691913, http://www.vegetarian-shoes.co.uk/

I know that there are sari shops around Euston station, but I'm sure others will provide better details.

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2. Re: shoes and sarees

Brick lane is predominantly a Bengali area, so I wouldn't go there to buy a sari (or eat a decent curry). The main places I buy saris from are Tooting, Ealing Rd (Wembley) or Southall. You can also try Ilford or Green St in the East of London.

Hope that helps.

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Once you're there, you could always ask for recommendations from an Indian-run convenience store, salon, or restaurant. They'd be more likely to point you to authentic places. If you're polite and strike up a nice conversation with them, they might even escort you to their favorite shop!

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4. Re: shoes and sarees

odd - Scoot only finds one

Seema Silk Saris

Address: Green Street, London, E7 8JT

Telephone: 020-8471-1799

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5. Re: shoes and sarees

Thanks ANSA and Mr. C for the heads up. We will try some of the areas you suggest rather than Brick Lane (I had already heard of the food quality there). This is my wife's first trip to London since she has been interested in saree/saris, and on my last I did not go poking around for her so was not too sure where to look. In the last several years, wherever we travel we are on the lookout for shops that sell saries; in some cases we end up in some interesting areas looking for an elusive shop!

And thanks Theartgirl about the shoes. I knew of the website for that shop, but when I did not connect the website with a physical shop. If we get time we'll try to get to Brighton to have a look. We are traveling ultra light with only carry-on size rollers this trip, but I have already been told that we need to pack an extra bag for the saris! At least they are light.

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6. Re: shoes and sarees

I just Googled 'sari shops in London' and there are loads of them!

Now, this may sound dumb, but what are vegetarian shoes made of?

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7. Re: shoes and sarees

A list of the materials used can be found here: www.vegetarian-shoes.co.uk/driver.aspx…

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8. Re: shoes and sarees

i second that.... i have never heard of vegetarian shoes before.... do you eat them?

i would think they would be pretty tough. maybe boil them like the hobo's in the old charlie chaplin movies?

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9. Re: shoes and sarees

I imagine that vegetarian shoes are no more or less tough when eaten that regular old leather ones :).

Might be a tad more toxic, though. I am not sure precisely either what might qualify a shoe for vegetarian status for some people, but I don't buy shoes that have animal products in them, which is usually primarily leather.

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10. Re: shoes and sarees

I think Southall in the west and Green Street, Upton Park, in the east are the best places for saris. If you go to Southall you should definitely look into Indian restaurants, too. And the indoor market at Upton Park is worth a scout round.