Kolhapuri Chappals or Kolhapuris as they are commonly referred to are a style of open toed, T-strap sandal which originate from Kolhapur, a southern district in the state of Maharashtra.
According to historic records, Kolhapuris were first worn probably as early as the 13th century. Previously known as Kapashi, Pie-taan,Kachkadi, Bakkalnali, and Pukari, they indicated the village where they were made.
Originally made from buffalohide and thread, they weighed as much as 2 kilos because of the thickness of the sole, which made them durable despite the extreme heat and treacherous mountainous terrain that is inherent to the state of Maharashtra.
Much has not changed since except that today, due to higher cost of raw materials and the demand for various colors and styles, the kolhapuris available today are much lighter to wear available in various colors, heel sizes and come with embellishments
Today Kolhapuris are a favorite with every generation and appeal to people from all walks of life. They've even made multiple appearances on the Indian catwalk. Available in a wide variety of colors and styles, they are elegant, comfortable, durable, blend with any outfit and most important of all affordable.