Peshawari chappal

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Peshawari chappal with a golden design

Peshawari Chappal is a traditional footwear of Pakistan worn especially by Pashtuns in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa region. The shoe takes its name from the city of Peshawar,[1] where it originates from, while "chappal" is the local word for flip-flops. Peshawari chappal is worn by men casually or formally, usually with the Shalwar kameez dress. Because of its comfortableness, it is used in place of sandal or slipper in Pakistan.

It is a semi-closed footwear which consists of two wide strips where both strips are joined with the sole by crossing each other.[2] 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 truck tyre. It is available in many traditional designs[3] 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[4] in other parts of Pakistan where wearing them with jeans has also become a fashion trend, especially among the urban youth.[5]

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.[6] 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 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.

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  1. ^ "The Peshawari chappal". Hindustan Times. September 24, 2008. Retrieved October 22, 2011. 
  2. ^ The Making of Peshawari Chappal – Innovation Punjab. Retrieved August 15, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Suede Peshawari Chappal by Color Hive | Peshawar". myoffstreet. Retrieved October 22, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Peshawar News :: Peshawari chappal becoming fade in high society". Frontier Post. August 30, 2011. Retrieved October 22, 2011. 
  5. ^ 5, 2011 "Peshawari Chappal with jeans becomes a youth cult". November 24, 2010. Retrieved October 22, 2011. 
  6. ^ 11, 2014 "How Paul Smith Sandals Peeved Pakistan". The Wall Street Journal. March 11, 2014. Retrieved March 11, 2014. 

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