The rich embroidery of these antique yellow babouche slippers suggest they were worn on special occasions, perhaps even by a groom on his wedding day. The metallic threads would have been imported to the central Anti Atlas region, the leather would have been hand-shaped and sown by master craftsmen and the turquoise stones inlaid to symbolize the prosperity of the wearer. Time and wear have caused the metallic threads to lose their luster, but the shoes still retain their original beauty and intrigue.
The flattened back of the babouche is designed to accommodate the need to take off one’s shoes for prayer five times a day and the style of shoe is worn all across Morocco. The yellow pointed toe babouche is tradition...
The flattened back of the babouche is designed to accommodate the need to take off one’s shoes for prayer five times a day and the style of shoe is worn all across Morocco. The yellow pointed toe babouche is traditional in color and style for city dwellers, whereas the Berber babouche is marked by its simple rounded toe. Just like all the crafts of Morocco, shoes are often designed to incorporate protective symbolism. Various parts of the body are considered easy entry points for evil jnun, or spirits, and feet are considered vulnerable to attack. Embroidered designs and the incorporation of protective and talismanic stones, are used to ward off any harmful forces.
Details and Dimensions
13" L, 3.5" W
While we were told these were old shoes, we don't really know how old they are or if they're old at all, but they're still exceptionally cool. Some staining on the insoles.