It is a semi-closed footwear which consists of two wide strips where both strips are joined with the sole by crossing each other. The back side has also a strip with a buckle to tie according to the foot size and level of comfort. It is traditionally made with pure leather with its sole often made of trucktyre. It is available in many traditional designs and colors with various variations such as works of golden and silver threads which give the shoe a more elegant look. Peshawari chappals have spread and become increasingly popular in other parts of Pakistan where wearing them with jeans has also become a fashion trend, especially among the urban youth.
In March 2014, Peshawari Chappal became center of a global fashion debate when Sir Paul Smith (fashion designer) made a similar shoes and started selling it for £300. This resulted into a social media outrage people claiming that the brand failed to credit original maker of Peshawari Chappal i.e the craftsmen of Pakistan. A petition on Change.org was signed by 1000+ urging the designer and UK Govt to correct the name. The petition resulted into action and the sentence 'inspired by Peshawari Chappal' was added to the Paul Smith shoes's page on the website.