Peshawari chappals are a household name when it comes to shoes for men in Pakistan. It is impossible for a guy to not have one of these chappals in his collection here.
Traditional and comfortable, the shoes were first brought to the worldwide media’s attention when designer Paul Smith came out with a rip off design claiming false design credit for himself in 2014.
Now, renowned footwear designer Christian Louboutin has gone viral on social media for launching a varied version of the Peshawar-styled chappals and named them ‘Imran sandals’ — inspired from the designer’s friend artist Imran Qureshi.
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Pakistani artist Imran Qureshi has received awards such as ArtNow Lifetime Achievement Award 2016 and was Artist of the Year in 2013 by Deutsche Bank.
He had created a huge piece of art on the rooftop of the Metropolitan Museums in New York.
The artist’s work revolves primarily around current affairs, depicting an image of misery and torment through blood. The inspiration behind his work emanates from his homeland and the violence it braces frequently.
Louboutin had visited Imran Qureshi’s exhibition in 2017 in Islamabad’s Pakistan National Council of the Arts.
The designer known for his red soles had visited Pakistan for a short trip. He had attended a special exhibition at Pakistan’s National Art Gallery and also visited National College of Arts in Lahore.