Peshawari Chappals & Sandals

Peshawari Chappal, or Kheri, are a type of traditional Pakistani sandal made from leather, usually with an open toe and featuring a strap at the back.

Peshawari Chappals originate from the city of Peshawar in the North East of Pakistan, 120 kilometres from Islamabad.

Buy Peshawari Chappal here:

Imran Khan Leather Peshawari

Mens Afghan Peshawari

Suede Peshawari Mens Black Leather Peshawari Chappal
Peshawari chappal on etsy Afghan Peshawari Chappal Suede Peshawari Chappal Black leather peshawari chappal
Hand made leather Peshawari in a style

popularised by Imran Khan.

An Afghan Peshawari Chappal hand

made and delivered from the UK.

Hand made Pakistani Peshawari chappal

crafted from Suede.

A traditional pair of mens

black leather Peshawari Chappals.

£49.95 / 4485 INR £44.94 / 4035 INR £39.99 / 3590 INR £49.98 / 4487 INR

How are Peshawari Chappal Made?

Peshawari Chappal with original tyre treads clearly visible.

Peshawari Chappal with original tyre treads clearly visible.

Making a pair of Peshawaris using traditional methods is a two person job (modern methods incorporate a lot of machine work). One to prepare the leather uppers and one to prepare the sole of the sandal.

To make Peshawaris the following main materials are needed; leather, industrial gum solution, soft fabrics, oil, water, belt or strap and the tyre sole.

Peshawari Chappals uppers are made from leather which is softened in water. After it has been cut to the correct shape Astar is sown onto the inside of the leather to make it feel comfortable for the wearer. This is then sewn onto the sole of the chappals.

Truck tyres
 are used to make the Peshawari sole because the rubber used in tyres is easily available and very hard-wearing. This is ideal for Peshawari Chappals as it allows the sandals to survive the rugged terrain of Peshawar. Tyre tread is often visible on the soles as it is ideal for providing the shoe with great grip.

Design elements are punched, cut or sewn onto the leather upper which is then stitched to the sole. The Chappal is then stretched to size using a wooden mould which is placed in the Chappal for 24 hours. They are then ready to be sold!

When are Peshawaris Worn?

Peshawaris are very popular in Pakistan. Most men will own a pair and will wear them almost everyday. Some men buy more expensive pairs of Peshawari chappals to wear at formal events usually paired with the traditional Indian/Pakistani dress of the Shalwar Kameez. Women may also choose to pair their Peshawari Chappals with a saree.

History of the Peshawari Chappal

Not much is know about the origin of the Peshawari Chappal beyond that fact that it originated in Peshawar over one hundred years ago. However it would be fair to presume that it became a popular shoe due to the low price of the necessary materials and the easily availability of them. It is interesting to note that Peshawar locals have a different name for the Peshawari Chappal instead calling it ‘Saplai’ which in their local language means footwear.

Where Can You Buy Good Quality Peshawari Chappals?

Peshawari Chappals are quite hard to find in the UK, you may find them in markets in big cities such as Manchester or Birmingham but they are not easy to find online as there are very few UK distributors online.

Etsy does have a few UK based distributors some of which can be seen in the table at the top of the page.

Peshawaris in the Media

Peshawari Chappals were thrust into the limelight in 2014 when British designer Paul Smith designed a pair of shoes based on the traditional Peshawari. The model called ‘Robert’ did not acknowledge the Pakistani origin of the shoe and were sold at  a staggering £300, well over 20 times what they would sell for in Pakistan.

 

Paul Smith's Peshawari inspired sandal

Paul Smith’s Peshawari inspired sandal

 

The sandal caused uproar in Pakistan and a petition was launched urging Paul Smith to at least acknowledge the inspiration for the shoe. Although the petition was never formally acknowledged an additional sentence soon appeared on the Paul Smith website which read “Men’s high-shine black leather sandals with neon pink trims inspired by the Peshawari chappal.”