Sunday, July 20, 2014
Peshawari Chappal vs."Robert" Sandal - A Controversy
Sir Paul Smith, the well-known British designer behind the popular label, launched a high-end sandal earlier this summer that looks like the Peshawari chappal, a popular shoe worn by millions of Pakistani men on formal and informal occasions. A pair that costs between 10USD to 15USD has a price tag of about 600USD .
Colonizers had the mentality and the metal to rob nations of their freedom, of cultural heritage and it hasn't stopped even in the 21st century. Old habits die hard!
When the shoe originally went up for sale, there was no reference to Pakistan or Peshawar (the capital of Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, formerly the North-West Frontier province), where this design originally originated from!
Paul Smith’s current listing for the chappal previously known as Robert no longer sports the name “Robert,” and now features on overt reference to being “inspired by the Peshawari Chappal.”
"JERKS" is the right word for this company - shame on them!