Fashion: Sabahs

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These were such a great find from a co-worker. Let me introduce to you Sabahs. Here is a little description from the owner:

“Every pair of Sabahs is handmade using a traditional method of shoe construction cultivated over generations in the ancient bazaar of Gaziantep, Turkey. We work with traditional cobblers whose families have been making this style of shoe for 500 years in the very same bazaar. The method of construction is quite difficult and tedious (it requires extensive training to make), but the result is a pair of shoes that are remarkably comfortable, really well made and distinct looking. Also, since they are all very high quality leather and materials (the sole is a thick natural leather as well) – Sabahs mold to your feet after a few wears and continue to gain comfort and take shape over time (and they never smell – no socks, no problem). Sabahs are truly one–of–a–kind in terms of their construction style. Nothing else like it.

Mehmet, below, is one of the original craftsmen:
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A bit of history:
This style of shoe was once the chosen shoe of southeastern Turkey and Syria (dating back nearly 1,000 years); and has now mostly disappeared as more modern shoes which are easier to make have become popular (the style of the traditional shoes is very “dated”). I personally discovered the shoe style because I lived in Istanbul for several years (working as an expat) and was gifted a pair by a friend whose grandmother grew up wearing this type of shoe. That first pair I had looked like a genie slipper (similar to the above in the photo in the background), but I was so impressed by the comfort and quality that I wore them almost everyday and everywhere I traveled: the beaches of France, dancing in Beirut, work trips, hiking through Morocco, even once with a Tuxedo to a fancy Turkish wedding. A year later, in that same pair, I was back in NYC (they had worn in beautifully and were even more comfortable) and I couldn’t find anything like them in the market. My friends and even strangers on the street were always asking me about them as well. So I sought out the craftsman through my friend’s grandmother, and over the course of six months, a couple trips to Gaziantep, (and many mistakes, I did not know a thing about shoemaking), I launched Sabah utilizing this family’s traditional construction technique and skilled craftsmen, but with a more modern design, better leathers and a replaceable natural rubber sole. We still make every pair by hand with those same craftsmen, today. There isn’t anyone else that can do it; although we are training more craftspeople as the business grows.”

If you love comfortable shoes, unique style, quality, and love being apart of movement…then check out Sabahs. To purchase your very own pair contact Mickey, the owner, via e-mail at thedealer@sabah.am  Please tell him Lauren sent you…

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