Are you looking for a great place to buy shoes in Seoul, Korea? I highly recommend getting your shoe shopping done at the Edae / Ewha University area if you want the best selection of unique styles and prices! The back shopping streets have several large shoe shops literally PACKED with choices for boys and girls, and since it is a young area they offer a lot more trendy choices and colors vs some of the other shopping areas.
I love the huge shops like this~ They will jack the price up, but buy a few pairs and haggle them down!
One thing I love about shopping in the Edae/ Ewha area of Seoul is the amount of shoes they have, the stores are stuffed full with choices!! Since it is a University area and students shop here you can find a wide range of styles and colors with ease, plus the prices overall are not too bad. Within the back shopping streets they have several stores filled to the ceiling with shoes, plus a few nicer stores like Adidas or the Barbie shoe store.
What size shoes can you buy in Korea / Edae?
Korean shoe sizes are in mm, so before you visit make sure you check a chart to get a basic idea of what # you will be looking for!!
Since these stores deal with a lot of shoppers on a regular basis they have lots of sizes in stock, for men you can find sizes ranging from around 250-280mm and for women you can find 225-255mm (If you are over a US size 8 you will have a hard time buying shoes on the street here sadly! Korean girls seem to always be a US 5-6, however I have a US size 7 Korean 240 and I have had zero issues shopping here).
This is my favorite shop for cheap shoes in Edae.. well they are cheap AFTER I get the price down.
(lol have I captured the tone of haggle friendly shops well enough with this pic?)
In Edae anything on a sale rack, or in a small boutique store you can not haggle down the price. The huge stores on the crowded back streets you should haggle a bit if you are a tourist though, because they will raise the price for you since you are not Korean… in fact I usually just pretend not to be with Nara when we shop here because me being next to him raises the price and it just wastes time.
To haggle you have to pay in cash, and often buy a few pairs…. if you haggle just one pair expect only 5,000 won off or something small. Don’t ever pay more than 55,000 won ($50) for shoes around here, cheapest you will find is 10,000 won and the average “ok” price is around 30,000 won.
When buying shoes in Korea, make sure you inspect the quality quickly before you commit to a price since you have so many choices. Shoes come in a wide rage of quality and prices here, but are often grouped together in a massive pile on a shelf so it is in your best interest to look closely before buying.
Check the stitching, make sure everything is glued down properly, feel the material, and make sure the heel of the shoe does not wobble if you are buying something a bit higher.
Shoes in Korea are hardly EVER worth over 50,000 Won (unless its a boutique shoe or something) but some haggle-vendor places will try and get 90,000+ from you for a short boot or shoe when you first ask! If you stick to it , about 30,000 – 40,000 won ($30-$40) is an ideal price for a nice shoe in that area, but you can also find plenty that are much cheaper and adorable shoes for 10,000 won if you just keep an eye out for sales or sale tables.
If you buy several pairs you can REALLY haggle prices down, but just one pair is going to require some effort.
Things with prices marked clearly are generally already on sale, so don’t ask to make it cheaper.
Directions to Edae / Ewha Woman’s University Shopping
Ewha has a large shopping area that winds down many small streets outside the station leading up to the main gate. For more info and proper directions please check out my full feature on shopping in Edae / Ewha HERE! Of course Korea has MANY places you can shop for shoes, Edae was just the focus on this post and one of my favorites to visit when shopping for them :) I enjoy the selection and find the prices cheaper here!
Have you been shoe shopping in Edae or any other area in Korea? Any tips, favorite places, favorite things you bought etc? Was this post helpful? Share below! If you have not been, what are your favorite shoes here in the post that you would love to own? ^^