Top 5 Most Recommended Korean Shoe Brands
You want to shop for shoes in Korea? Check out Creatrip Editor's Personal Advice!
4 months ago
Li Zheng Ying @creatripfromSeoul
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Korea is not only great for shopping clothing. Sneakers and dress shoes have sophisticated designs and good qualities too!

Many trendsetters who are into fashion and styling are dying to purchase shoes from Korea.

Once you start buying Korean shoes, you would not want to go back! 

You will want to buy more and more shoes!

Creatrip did some research and came up with this list of Korean shoemakers that have great quality and affordable price range.


Korean Shoemakers:1. SHOOPEN


First of all, I will introduce you my favorite Korean shoe brand. If you are into Korean fashion, you might already have heard of this brand: SHOOPEN. This brand is one of the leading SPA brands specializing in shoes and has various branches across the nation.

Because SHOOPEN is a SPA shoe store, it can be found almost everywhere in metropolitan cities. SHOOPEN shoes are sold at extremely cheap prices. This brand also provides a versatile range of styles that suit everyone: from the elderly to children. Both women and men can shop at SHOOPEN together. You can find all kinds of shoes at SHOOPEN. If you want to buy shoes in Korea, you must visit SHOOPEN.



Korea has entered the winter season, so you will see fewer flats and sandals. Therefore, you can buy some season-off items at a discounted price (original price was 10,000 Won, but now is sold for 8,000 Won) from the SHOOPEN online mall. Some shoes are sold at even cheaper prices. If you stay for more than a week in Korea, I would recommend you to check out the online shopping mall.


49,900 Won
66,900 Won

If you want to shop for men's dress shoes in Korea, don't worry! Most Korean shoe brands cover men's dress and sports shoes at the same time. Just a reminder: Korean canvas shoes and sports shoes are usually in neutral colors. Men's footwear size in Korea is slightly different than in the U.S. or Europe. Make sure you try them on before making a purchase.


15,900 Won

The most basic canvas shoes are now available with lamb wool inner fillings. You can cope with the freezing Korean winter with these shoes. These shoes are made with soft velvet.


29,900 Won
29,900 Won
29,900 Won
29,900 Won
29,900 Won
29,900 Won
29,900 Won
29,900 Won


One of the essential items for dressing up for autumn would be ankle boots. SHOOPEN also has ankle boots in various styles and colors. The price is affordable, and some boots can be bought with an extra discount if you order them online. Online shopping in Korea is very convenient. I sometimes order shoes on the Internet to get better deals. If you don't know your size in Korean measurements, you should try on the shoes you want to buy from the store first.


4,900 Won
15,900 Won


SHOOPEN also has velvety slippers. The design and color, as seen from the photos above, is very modern and sophisticated. The furry slippers are also great souvenirs. For those who want to buy shoes in various styles in South Korea, I would definitely recommend him or her to check out SHOOPEN before any other stores.

In addition to the shoes handpicked by me today, you will be able to find many canvas shoes, sports sneakers, leather dress shoes, snow boots, and many more at SHOOPEN. When you spend a certain amount at SHOOPEN, you can get a tax refund. Isn't this very cost-effective?





  • Korean Shoemaker|SHOOPEN
  • Hongdae Store:서울특별시 마포구 양화로 153



  • Korean Shoemaker|SHOOPEN
  • Shinchon Store:서울특별시 마포구 양화로 153

 




Korean Shoemakers:2. ABC MART


ABC Mart is a great place for shopping sports sneakers in Korea. ABC Mart does not make their own shoes. This brand is more like a retailer that sells a selection of famous sports sneakers like Adidas, Nike, and Puma. You can see the trendiest brands and shoes by visiting this store.


ABC MART KOREA

ABC MART is a famous retailer among sports sneakers collectors in South Korea. This brand was initially originated in Japan, but it became a huge brand in Korea as well. In many shopping districts and malls, you can easily spot this brand. This store provides customers with the trendiest sports shoemakers' seasonal products.


69,000 Won
Special Price 55,800 Won
79,000 Won
Special Price 63,900 Won


If you prefer well-known brands, I would say ABC MART is a better choice than SHOOPEN. ABC MART often has seasonal promotions and you can get brand sneakers at discounted prices. You cannot purchase dress shoes from ABC Mart though. If you want to shop for shoes in different styles, I would recommend you to shop at SHOOPEN.


99,000 Won
Special Price 80,100 Won
50,000 Won
Special Price 29,900 Won


ABC MART brings together all the latest, popular sneakers in one place. All the brands that we are already familiar with, such as NIKE, ADIDAS, REEBOK, VANS, CONVERSE (ALL STAR), TOMMY, PUMA, etc can all be found at ABC Mart. Total 150 brands are represented in every ABC Mart store.


75,900 Won
69,900 Won
109,000 Won
139,000 Won
65,000 Won
109,000 Won


If you buy shoes from ABC MART stores in touristy locations like Myeong-dong, Hongdae, etc., you can enjoy more promotions, discounts, clearance sales, and tax refunds. You can purchase genuine sneakers in Korea at heavily discounted prices.


2018 ADIDAS|BLACKPINK 

Before you come to Korea, you may want to do some research on the model you are interested. Compare the price and style of different shoes from your home country. Since there are many retailers specializing in sneakers in Korea, you can easily compare the price and take the best deal.




  • Korean Shoemaker|ABC MART
  • MS Myeongdong Store:서울특별시 중구 명동1가 53-18



  • Korean Shoemaker|ABC MART
  • Myeongdong Store:서울특별시 중구 명동2가 51-2

 



  • Korean Shoemaker|ABC MART
  • Hongdae Store:서울특별시 마포구 동교동 166-6



  • Korean Shoemaker|ABC MART
  • Dongdaemun Store:서울특별시 중구 광희동 장충단로13길 20




Korean Shoemakers:3. KOLCA


What I am about to introduce to you now is a local Korean shoe brand: KOLCA.


This Korean shoe brand makes sports sneakers and has rapidly gained popularity among Korean youngsters in the past few years. By looking at the design, you might hardly feel unique "Korean" vibe. In fact, I get the feeling that this brand resembles VANS, an American sports casual brand. Anyway, this brand is now super popular among teenagers and college students in Korea. Many other Korean brands are trying to copy KOLCA's designs.


69,000 Won
79,000 Won
79,000 Won
69,000 Won


KOLCA designs center around a few formulas: vividly colored sidelines matched with a clear white background. This brand is well known for its simple canvas shoes, which has bold, accentuating sidelines. And their sneakers are usually in neutral colors, so both men and women can wear them without feeling awkwardness. Oh, you can have a pair of matching sneakers between a couple!




As you can see from the photo, KOLCA's design is centered around simplicity.  KOLCA does not use multiple colors. That's why these sneakers are perfect for daily uses. These sneakers are sporty and cute. If you want to play with your daily coordination, why don't you try to mix and match the outfit and the sneakers? Make your coordination more interesting by adding a tint of colors.


69,000 Won
69,000 Won
69,000 Won
69,000 Won


KOLCA is not so cheap when you compare this brand to other SPA brands like SHOOPEN. However, this brand is growing big in Korea and many Korean youngsters became loyal fans. This brand is expanding its product lines every season, and now consumers can choose from an extensive collection of sneakers and clothing. I also have a pair of sneakers at home. I have to say that my sneakers are really adorable.  


69,000 Won
69,000 Won
29,000 Won
59,000 Won
69,000 Won
59,000 Won




  • Korean Shoemaker|KOLCA(formerly known as FOLDER)
  • Hongdae Store:서울특별시 마포구 동교동 162-8




Korean Shoemakers:4. T. hud

Other authentic Korean sneakers brand, T. hud, became famous in recent years. Korean youngsters usually prefer sporty sneakers over dress shoes. Some guys purposefully match a pair of sports sneakers to a formal outfit.



This Korean sneakers brand also plays with simple color coordinations. Unlike KOLCA, T. Hud always has some accentuating features and is a bit more stylish than the former one. You can now bid a farewell to the expensive, fancy sports brands.T.Hud can pull a style at an inexpensive price.


59,000 Won
59,000 Won
59,000 Won
79,000 Won


Whether you want to buy a pair of casual canvas sneakers or sports footwear, T. hud would have both designs. Personally, I would like to recommend you to get a sports footwear from T.hud because they have a slightly thicker bottom sole and thus provide enough cushion. Don't get me wrong: T.hud is very popular among girls too! Girls will be super cute wearing these sneakers!


99,000 Won
99,000 Won


If you are looking for an affordable men's footwear, T. hud could work fine. T.hud is great athletic shoes and works fine for young players. The price is around the mid range, so it is cheaper than Nike or Addidas. Although the price is very affordable, T.hud's real strength comes from its comfortable composition. The thick bottom sole provide enough support for athletic players (On a side note, the thick bottom sole can make you slightly taller!)

59,000 Won
59,000 Won


Finally, T. hud's stick-on type sneakers are extremely popular among girls in South Korea. Most of the sports wear brands make shoe-laced sneakers. These shoe-laced sneakers are hard to put on and off. T.hud's stick-on sneakers have three velcro straps and you don't have to go through hassle of untying the shoe lace when you want to take off your shoes. These sneakers look super cute too!



Korean Shoemakers:5. FILA


Starting from last year, FILA became a social media phenomenon! Originated from Italy, FILA was bought by a Korean clothing brand a few years ago. After going through some tough times, FILA successfully managed to rebuild its brand image as a young, sporty athletic brand. The recent social media campaigns became a huge hit among the teenage girls and girls in their early 20s.




At first, I was perplexed. Why is FILA doing so well in Korea? 

Although I am not a fashion guru, I see a lot of young people wearing FILA sneakers, bags, and clothes on the streets in Korea. My theory behind FILA's explosive growth in the Korean market is the price. FILA set their price range much lower than other major sports wear brands like Nike and Puma. They recently hired a new design director, and was able to improve the quality and style is almost compatible with the mainstream brands.


39,000 Won
34,000 Won


In Korea society, group thinking exists everywhere. Korean people have a social tendency for pursuing the popular culture and trend. Once a particular brand became a mainstream trend, everybody jumps in. Therefore, it is not difficult to find a trending style on the streets when you are in Korea because people tend to dress in similar styles.  

FILA recently became a trend among young people. Their low-price policy attracted many youngsters. Now FILA is one of the leading sports wear in Korea. In addition to the simplicity of FILA's designs, both men and women can wear their clothes and sneakers.


69,000 Won
39,000 Won
59,000 Won
69,000 Won


The price of FILA products in Korea is far cheaper than other Asian countries like Taiwan. I am a huge fan of FILA sneakers, and I have my eyes glued onto their newest editions. The clear white sneakers with spiky bottom soles was released in 2018, and were a huge hit among Korean youngsters.

59,000 Won
29,000 Won
69,000 Won
69,000 Won


FILA might not be as popular as Korea elsewhere. However, FILA products designed and sold in Korea have good quality and stylish designs. On top of that, they are super cheap in Korea. If you are thinking about shopping a new pair of sneakers in Korea, why not consider FILA? After getting a tax refund, you can save even more!




  • Korean Shoemaker|FILA
  • Hongdae Store:서울특별시 마포구 서교동 양화로 176



  • Korean Shoemaker|FILA
  • Myeongdong Store:서울특별시 중구 을지로1가 남대문로 81



  • Korean Shoemaker|FILA
  • Itaewon Store:서울특별시 용산구 이태원1동 이태원로 144



  • Korean Shoemaker|FILA
  • Gonguk University Store:서울특별시 화양동 화양동 41-14번지



So far, I gave you a list of the most popular Korean shoe brands where you can buy quality shoes and sneakers at knock-out prices. Shopping for shoes in South Korea is totally worth it! In addition to these shoe brands, you can also consider shopping at small stores in Dongdaemun and other shopping malls. These little shops are great for buying dress shoes with unique designs and features.


My Creatrip fellas, I hope you found this post helpful!

I will see you next time in my next post!

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