Peshawari Chappals have been made and worn in the subcontinent for a very long time. It’s handcrafting techniques and construction has been awed at by people from all around the world. But over the years, with the introduction of sneakers and such comfortable footwear, this traditional chappal, with its heavy tyre sole and leather upper, began being preferred less and less by the newer generations.
Peshawari Chappals came close to extinction and there came a serious need to protect and preserve them. And fast.
— Mitani Junko, a traditional uchiwa fan artisan from Marugame, Japan.
Markhor’s vision is to promote and combine traditional craft with modern design to create the ideal footwear for our daily lifestyle. The brand aims to preserve these handcrafting techniques for the future generations to enjoy and learn from.
In 2018, after much research and development, trial and error, Markhor had done it. The brand found the ideal solution to stop the extinction of the Peshawari Chappal.
We created the Markhor Chappal and became pioneers of this first-of-its-kind, sneaker style sandal that fused the artisanal techniques of the subcontinent with minimal silhouettes from today’s streetwear fashion wave.
While keeping the core of the Peshawari Chappal intact, the brand experimented with and incorporated new conventional materials in the upper and sole, which are normally found in sneakers and sportswear. They used mesh in the lining and substituted the leather sole with a softer EVA material.
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Since this incredible invention, more fusion sandals have started emerging in the international market as well. It’s great to see that brands are having their unique take on revamping the traditional Peshawari Chappal.
One such sandal was created by American brand, Acne Studios called the Crossover Leather Sandals. They launched them in black and brown colours, which were showcased in their Spring/Summer 2020 collection.
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Slowly, the market for Peshawari Chappals is resurfacing. Brands all around the world are working hard to make sure that this traditional footwear does not go extinct. And the only way it can be protected, as Mitani said, is if constant innovation is incorporated in the chappals to keep them relevant in these ever-changing times.