Moroccan Babouche Shoes - City Babouche - Berber Black with Tassel
- Indulge your bohemian shoe fetish with this easy to slip on and off traditional pointed toe babouche made famous in cities from Tangier to Marrakech and well beyond
- Stand out with hand embroidered design details plus tassel
- Discover our classically elegant, nearly weightless and butter soft handmade leather babouches designed and stitched in the artisan workshops of Morocco's famed Fez and Marrakech medinas
- Own the real thing made of super soft lambskin leather hand crafted in world-renowned 1000 year-old Fez el Bali tanneries by craftsmen using techniques that have been honed since medieval times
- Enjoy this distinctive style in true North African tradition sans socks during warm and transitional seasons, or on a mid-winter tropical getaway
- May stretch after wearing
Traditionally, the flattened back of the babouche is the evolution of a practical lifestyle design consideration resulting from the need to remove one's shoes for prayer five times a day. This is the style worn all across Morocco.
Yellow pointed toe babouches are a traditional color and style for city dwellers, while rounded toe babouches are often more common among Berbers in rural locations. While yellow is a common color for men, women frequently choose embroidered patterns.
As with all Moroccan and Berber hand crafted artisan objects, protective symbolism, or baraka, are incorporated into the design of footwear. Different parts of the body are considered easy entry points for evil jnun, or spirits, and the origin of the word genie, and feet are considered vulnerable to attack. Embroidered motifs and the incorporation of protective and talismanic stones, are used to ward off the evil eye and other misfortune.