KATHMANDU, Jan 26: On Saturday, Santa Gaha Magar from Shantinagar attended the ´Big Footwear Sale´, a footwear expo being held at the City Hall in Kathmandu, to "window shop and kill time". But he ended up purchasing a pair of shoes for Rs 1,500, as he found the price “very reasonable”.
Krishna Prasad Sainju from Bhaktapur also entered the expo venue with the intention of browsing available goods. He too ended up buying a pair of shoes worth Rs 1,300.
It is not only Magar and Sainju, but many people, who visited the expo with the sole objective of scanning the goods, exited the venue with a pair or two of shoes in their hands, as they “received good deals”.
“Those who visit the fair buy at least a pair of shoes, as we are offering heavy discounts,” said Ram Krishna Prasai, managing director of Shikhar Shoes.
The ´Big Footwear Sale´, jointly organized by Shikhar Shoes, Bf Dear Hill Shoes and Sky Shoes, started from January 18. The exhibition, which lasts till January 29, was organized with the objective of promoting Nepali footwear, which caters to 55 percent of the total domestic market demand.
So far, the exhibition has received overwhelming response from the public, as organizers are providing discounts of up to 75 percent on different models of footwear.
Discounts, according to organizers, are more attractive on outdated models of footwear. But some companies are offering good discounts on latest models of footwear as well.
Because of discounts, Shikhar Shoes, for instance, is selling around 500 pairs of shoes per day. It has put on showcase over 350 varieties of shoes at prices ranging from Rs 250 to Rs 3,000 at the exhibition.
According to the organizers, around 2,000 pairs of shoes are being sold daily at the exhibition.
“The demand is huge and we are facing difficulty in attending to every customer who visits our stall,” said Homnath Upadhyay, managing director of Bf Dear Hill Shoes, which is selling around 500 pairs of shoes per day at the fair.
Manoj Shrestha, managing director of Sky Shoes, echoed Upadhyay. "The turnout is much more than what we had expected and it´s very difficult to cater to demands of visitors,” he said.
Although the exhibition was organized by Shikhar Shoes, Bf Dear Hill Shoes and Sky Shoes, companies like Takura, Coseli and Leather Wings are also participating in the fair and are offering huge discounts.