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The British often boast, with some merit, that they brought democracy, irrigation, railways and the blue-fin trout to the Subcontinent. Recently it seems they decided to take something back in terms of inspiration.
The world famous British designer Paul Smith launched a new $595 sandal called ‘Robert’. The sandal is identical to the ubiquitous Peshawari chappal, that hallmark of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK), with the exception of a pronounced pink neon stripe around the base of the shoe. The launch had many a nationalist up in arms claiming that nothing screams “Pakhair Raghlay” (a Pashtho greeting) more than naswar, chappli kababs and the Peshawari chappal.