The Kolhapuri Chappal is one of the world famous handcrafted footwear which was initially designed in Kolhapur, a town in the state of Maharashtra, India. The history states that the Kolhapuri came into existence during the 13th Century. The Kolhapuri footwear was also referred by different names depending upon the place it is being manufactured like Kapashi, Paytaan, Kachkadi, Bakkalnali and Pukari. The first model of Kolhapuri was much thinner than what is available now in the markets.
The best part about this handmade leather chappal is that they are tanned by the naturally available vegetable dyes.
This chappal came into the market with various designs like T-strap, open-toed, sandals and shoe type. It was also given the name of ‘Kanwali,’ because of its side flaps which looked like ‘ears’. It Now-a-days, the latest models which are available in the market are crafted with gold cords, zari strips, pom poms and gotas, etc. Kolhapuri chappals are not just for women but also for men. We can see many men wearing this chappal as they are really comfortable to wear and don’t harm the feet like the new footwears. There are no nails or hard objects used in this footwear. As mentioned earlier, these are handmade and there are two thin parallel pieces of leather attached and stitched with thin strings of leather or thongs. Hence, they make them super comfortable to use and last for a long while.
Kolhapuri chappal can be worn anywhere, right from a royal wedding to a party to give a sleek look to your appearance. These can be paired up with kurtis, salwar suits to jeans. This chappal can rock any look.
And not to forget, even men can pair these up with jeans and kurta or with sherwani. The best part about Kolhapuri is that it is not season specific; it can be worn during winter as well as summer. Any time of the year and with any outfit, these are very comfortable to wear and affordable too. Kolhapuri is like an old art which is always in fashion.