Taking ethnic footwear to the modern level

The most beautiful thing about fashion is that we have fusion. Fashion can be influenced by many cultures and tailored and designed according to the designer and what they are trying to convey through their art and brand.

Thaqafah Shoes (our house brand) is on the paths to merge old world ethnic design with modern fashion. The brand also uses local craftsmen who have been in the shoe game since yay high, and provide for their families solely through this skill. The shoes are created using ancient techniques and handmade from start to finish which give them character and being.
Check out some of the latest designs from Thaqafah and take a peek at the site to see the rest of the collection and stay tuned for more to come from Thaqafah in the future.

See the rest of the collection http://www.thaqafahshoes.com

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Kat Maconie and Her Amazing Shoes

So, I was searching the net one day (as always) about a month or so ago and went to my favorite shoe sight for amazing shoes http://www.solestruck.com and lo and behold I saw the most eclectic, beautiful, artsy shoes that I have seen in a very long time.

Take a look and then I’ll tell you all about the designer:

 
Drum roll please……………… The designer of these beauties is non other than miss Kat Maconie, London based designer who started her brilliant shoe brand in 2009, absolutely dazzling the shoe world as we know it. Have a read about her down below from what we took off of her site.

ABOUT KAT MACONIE

Kat if you are reading this post, we wanna thank you for creating beautiful eclectic shoes for us gals who like to stand out and be unique apart from everyone else.
If you love Kat’s shoes then you can find her ss2016 collection here :

http://www.katmaconie.com/pages/about-kat-maconie

With love

Style-Diversity

Karmuel Young Revolutionizing Men’s Footwear

MINIMAL TWISTS TO MODERN STYLE

 

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Unlike the dizzying, drastic changes often found in women’s fashion, menswear moves at a glacial pace. Its evolution, for the most part, is measured in small increments and consists of small shifts in silhouette, fabric or detail rather than radical reinventions. It’s only fitting, then, that Karmuel Young’s “revolutionary products” for men consist of little more than shoelaces and shoe cuffs — simple items that transform “regular and easily forgotten details into unconventional possibilities.”

 

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Titled Dress Shoe Reform, the debut project from the Hong Kong-based design label was intended to add value to existing daily items — in this case, footwear — while challenging our ideas of what a menswear reformation should be. Each item was designed with clean lines and architectural forms, and was made with fine materials like Italian calf leather, mink or waxed cotton cord. Adding minimal twists to modern style, the collection of shoe accessories comes in a variety of colors, textures and patterns, and provide a wonderfully simple way of injecting personality and longevity to the footwear you already own.

 

Reblogged from: http://www.obscura-magazine.com

 

 

Keffiyeh Fashion

I came accross this beautiful top by just scrolling through instagram earlier this afternoon, and the top happened to be made from the famouse Palestinian keffiyeh fabric. The fabric is usually used to make scarves, that the military men wear, and religious men from the Muslim world wear. But somewhere down the line someone had a genius idea to make this beautiful scarf fabric into clothing.

Namely a new emerging brand called: Cecilie Copenhagen 

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Well, we had to put our two cents in by jumping on board to assemble some keffiyeh threads of our own, with a twist. The fabric is so chic and unique, that the style pair ups are endless. 

Have a look at what we put together: 

  

Paired with some leather barefoot shoes.

  

   

  

 

Tunisia has got it going on folks

Soooooo, turns out that Tunisia also has babouche that they produce as well. I have to tell you that these nations have some of the flyest footwear in the world. Right up there with Turkey, Spain, India,Italy, Portugal, and Mexico, in my shoe making masters book.

The designer world has been scoping and copying these styles for years, and it’s time to introduce them to the world at large for who and what they are and come from.

That is what Thaqafah is all about, aiding the artisans of these countries to bring the old with a new modern twist, along with keeping the shoes trendy without compromising tradition and quality.
Love love these shoes (la sigh).

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The traditional ballet flat huh?

Ok so we came accross these beautiful Moroccan shoes/ballet flats. They are absolutely geogeous and look very comfortable indeed. We have got to get to Morocco and see their souk and bazaar.
I hear that the craftsmanship that they put in their shoes are totally amazing. I need to see it in person in order to get the full affect….‪#‎travelgoals‬

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Talk about wow!!!

Ok, so I found this awesome Japanese brand that have the most amazing shoes that I’ve seen in a long time. I actually stumbled upon them by looking for something else actually (aren’t those the best finds) ;)……..

The company/brand is called Mizutori, and they specialize in putting a modern spin on the ancient geta shoes of Japan. The shoes come in a series of styles, from your basic but chic slip on, to your clog, and platforms.

Have a look and be the judge of their greatness- I know I am testifying……

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