French shoe designer Christian Louboutin is inspired by Pakistan’s tribal frontier ‘Chappal’ and has decided to take it global. There was an uproar on social media when last month Louboutin announced via an Instagram post of the release of the shoe. Critics were apprehensive about it while fans praised this initiative.
The sandal called ‘Imran’ is inspired by Pakistan’s s traditional Peshawari chappal with metal studs and colors of orange and silver as claimed by the fashion house. The chappal has been a symbol for ethnic Pashtuns living in the northwest of Pakistan.
The name of Louboutin´s version of chappal is after a contemporary artist of Pakistan Imran Qureshi.
The chappal that costs just $5.50 in Pakistan will be sold under the Louboutins brand name for $500.
An Instagram user wrote under a post by Qureshi “Highly recommend asking your friend to rename it though so that it doesn´t become another culturally appropriated thing.”
Louboutin in a statement said, “My designs often pay tributes to artisanship, craftsmanship, traditions or various cultures. The world and its diversity have always been the core of my work.”
Pakistani fashion designer Kamiar Rokni complimented Louboutin´s latest creation and said, “When you visit different parts of the world, you do get inspired… and that seeps into your design. There´s nothing wrong with somebody being inspired by the Peshawari chappal.”