By Mahvish Ahmed
The Pashtuns use it for daily wear but the love for this particular style of shoes is not limited to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, from where they originate, as the name suggests. Men all over Pakistan wear Peshawari chappals for weddings, Eid and other festive events – and, paired with our national dress, they sure look sexy!
In 2014, Paul Smith, a well-known British shoe designer introduced the Peshawari chappal as part of his shoe collection and called it the Robert Sandal. Robert? Robert, who? Gul Baz Khan or Daulat Khan Sandals would probably have been more appropriate!
It is time to tell you, Mr. Smith, that we not only do our shoes better than you, we are doing a fantabulous job at making them for women too! Women all over the country are going gaga over this latest trend that allows them to embrace culture AND make their feet look pretty. There are all kinds of Peshawari chappals that seem to be a hot favourite in the Pakistani shoe scene right now – from hand-painted ones to those embellished with sequins and dabka; from plain suede ones to beautiful pieces adorned with ribbon-work roses. These chappals can be paired with desi clothes and can be made to work extremely well with a pair of jeans too!
Here are five Pakistani labels that are producing this age-old shoe design for the ladies and are, rightly so, still calling them the Peshawari chappal. Get ready to drool – and spend – girls!
Style: loud, colourful
How to get them: Cash on delivery to all major cities across Pakistan. Stocked at Milli Shoes in Lahore and at L’atelier in Islamabad.
Style: comfort, traditional design
How to get them: Cash on Delivery across Pakistan. Stores located at Fortress Square Mall and Xinhua Mall in Lahore, Centaurus Mall in Islamabad, Stocked at Fashion Pakistan Lounge, Dolmen Mall and Clifton in Karachi.
Marium Shahzad Footwear
Style: girly, embellished
How to get them: Cash on Delivery to all major cities across Pakistan.
Odd & Eve by Q5
Style: feminine, hand painted
How to get them: They ship worldwide. Orders can be placed on their Facebook page.
The Twinkle Toes
Style: comfort, contemporary
How to get them: Cash on Delivery nationwide; worldwide shipping with additional shipping charges.