Kolhapur is well known for its
textiles and cottons, but it is of course most famous for its hand-made
leather sandals or chappals. Kolhapuri chappals are popular throughout the
world for their simple styles, quality of leather and design. The cost
depends on the quality of leather and design, but in general we can say
that Kolhapuri chappals are reasonable and are a good value for money.
They come in different sizes and shapes that ideally complement ethnic designer wear. This footwear of cured, dried, tanned and treated coloured leather has been favoured for decades by the 'arty'. There are small villages around Kolhapur City, where shoemakers build hand made Kolhapuri chappal, sandals and shoes, even ladies purses and valets. In Kolhapur one will find large number of traditional leather artisans. They had acquired the skill and workmanship of Kolhapuri chappals, which were and even now, are very popular in both rural and urban areas.
Mahadwar and Shivaji roads are good places to shop. One can also find a good variety of Kolhapuri chappals and other leather goods on Bhausinji Road. There are a few good buys around the bus station in the Rajarampuri area. Shetkaari Bazaar is the cheapest place to shop and is popular amongst the villagers from surrounding areas.