What you see - Centro
(formerly The Loft) in Osman Plaza at Nagarjuna Circle in Hyderabad is a one stop shop for all your footwear and foot care needs. Known to be one of the biggest shoe shops in India, this two-level store houses some of the famous and not-so-famous Indian and imported brands. As you enter the store, the sheer display of the countless pairs of shoes overwhelms, sending you in a tizzy of where to begin from.
What you get -
The first floor of this multi-brand store in Hyderabad displays footwear for women and men, in addition to socks and foot care products.
Women have all the reasons to fall in love with Centro as it has all kinds of heels including stiletto, kitten, platform, block, wedge, spool etc in every color thinkable. Brands available include Catwalk, Inc 5, Flora, Valencia, Adidas, Nike and Dr Scholl’s apart from the in-house brand of Centro. Some lesser known brands like Melonz, Minx, Class Apart, Pink Leaf, Patti, Clarks, Dot n Dash are there too so you can pick based on budget. Softi Plus, a reasonable version of Dr Scholl’s is also available. Its massage sandals range starts at Rs. 900. Sneakers (Rs. 900 onwards) need a special mention here, as they constitute the most vibrant section in the women’s range. Boots, booties, mojris, kolhapuris, flip flops, flats…you will find them all at Centro. There’s no separate wedding footwear section but fancy footwear is available.
The equally well-stocked men’s section displays formal as well as casual shoes from brands like Egos, Franklin, Ganuchi, Eagle, ID, Lee Cooper, Puma, Woodland, Adidas and Nike. The range of pure leather, formal shoes is as impressive as the casual, suede finish shoes (Rs. 1,000 onwards). Plain-toes, cap-toes, boots and the much in vogue taper and pointed front shoes
are all available.
The first floor also exhibits authentic Crocs sandals in bright shades, kids’ shoes and sandals, floral bathroom slippers (Rs. 120 onwards), leg warmers (Rs. 210), arm warmers (Rs. 150), women’s handbags (Rs. 1000 onwards), men’s wallets (Rs. 290 onwards) and Dr. Scholl’s foot care range (insoles, pumice stones, scrubs, corn removers, bunion cushions and pain relief orthotics).
The second floor at Centro has on display the much talked about sports section. Sportswear
(shorts, track pants, swimming costumes, T-shirts) for both men and women are available in brands like Converse, Nike, Fila and Reebok. Additionally, basketballs, badminton racquets, tennis racquets, cricket bats, golf kits, sippers and tennis balls are displayed section wise. The range of sports shoes is quite extensive too. The second floor also stocks jeans (men and women) and casual shirts
(men) of brands like Pepe (very extensive range) and Numero Uno. The luggage section has American Tourister and Samsonite backpacks, laptop bags, hard luggage and soft luggage.
Our verdict -
Centro is perhaps the best place to shop for shoes in Hyderabad. Sizes and colors are generally available for all designs on display. Plenty of small sofas placed around the store help you try your shoes comfortably. Making a choice is difficult as there is so much to choose from. However, it falls short on ethnic footwear variety, especially when it comes to kids’ section. The courteous shopping assistants are very helpful. Parking space is available.
Anytime between -
9.30 AM - 10 PM
By N Arora