Peshawari Chappal Description
Known for its durability, tasteful designs, worldwide popularity and a history of more than a hundred years, the Peshawari Chappal requires no introduction. The love and admiration for Peshawari chappals all over the country is evident in the fact that every Pakistani man has proudly worn or owned a pair of this traditional Peshawari footwear at some point in his life. The Peshawari Chappal takes its name from Peshawar, the city it originated from and is also known as "Kheriyan" or "Kheri" in the local language. Usually worn with shalwar kameez, the Peshawari Chappal is traditionally made out of pure leather sewn onto a rubber tyre sole. They come in plain and elegant styles as well as in colourful variety, boasting intricate work in golden and silver threads. In the past few years, the Peshawari chappal has gained so much popularity amongst youngsters that pairing it with jeans has become the latest trend now.
The Peshawari chappal gained global recognition when the famous English fashion designer Sir Paul Smith replicated the sandals as his own without giving credit and sold them for a staggering £300, that is thirty times more than the cost of Peshawari chappals in Pakistan even if bought from the most expensive stores! This sparked massive outrage amongst Pakistanis all around the world and as a result, the description of the sandals on Sir Paul's website was changed to "inspired by the Peshawari Chappal".
The durability of Peshawari chappal depends on how many times it has been sewn. Available in single, double and triple gears, the Peshawari chappal with the most durability is called the triple gear sandals, which refers to it being sewn thrice to ensure longevity and durability. The Peshawari chappal comes in various shapes, with popular ones being the narrow shape, broad shape, Panjidar, T-shape, slipper and sandal. The Peshawari chappal has gained popularity amongst women also and many fashion houses in Pakistan such as Chapter 13 and Mochari have started making Peshawari chappals for women too.