PUKARIS are 100% handcrafted Kolhapuri leather shoes. Kolhapuri leather shoes have a long history of being first made for kings and queens to being made only for the riches and evolving to an everyday shoe reaching many households where they have been loved for generations. Our goal is to preserve the art of making Kolhapuri shoes. This is our take on making an authentic Kolhapuri, simple and stylish at the same time suitable for today’s lifestyle.
The PUKARIS shoe making process is an elaborate, multi-step process that our artisans go through. On an average, it takes our artisans more than 8 hours to make a single pair of PUKARIS.
- We source the best quality, least environment impacting buffalo leather.
- Our artisans use the same tools which were used for generations and proven to be the best tools to make handmade leather shoes.
- We have added a cushioned midsole and very soft goat leather insole to the PUKARIS shoes, which brings comfort to your feet. Our artisans hand stitch the bottom layer, cushion, and soft leather insole together. They also hand punch the side of the bottom layer, which will later be used to tie the upper part of the shoe to the base.
- Our artisans take great pride in weaving and crafting the upper part of the shoe completely by hand. They use manual punches for creating the design for the upper part of the shoe. Making the upper part definitely takes some patience, love, and care.
- Once the base and upper parts are ready, artisans secure them onto a wooden or rubber mold/last.
- The laces from the upper part of the shoe then gets weaved by hand to the bottom. Artisans then tie each lace to secure it to the shoe and trim the excess. This weaving technique has been used for many centuries for making Kolhapuri leather shoes.
- We use the best quality TPR rubber sole to make the PUKARIS non-slippery and durable. Our artisans use the best quality adhesive for attaching the rubber bottom sole to the shoes.
- Lastly, the artisans finish the shoes by adding a few finishing touches like smoothing out the edges, color touch ups, and adding the rivets to the shoes.