Punjabi Jutti is an integral part of Punjab’s culture as much as the Phulkari. This art form has been in limelight since time immemorial. It was said that whenever footwear for Royal families was selected the only criterion were elegance and lightness to the best. And the Royals always relied upon the Punjabi Juttis.
It is believed that these juttis were made of leather obtained out of animal skin of the animal dying a natural death. And in return of obtaining the share of animal skin the cobblers were supposed to craft out the best quality juttis for the royals. These juttis were embroidered with real gold and silver threads. But as times changed real gold and silver were replaced with normal colored threads and animal skin was replaced with light leather. The earlier used leather which was called “Tauri” was very hard on skin and used to cause shoe bites for sure. Personally I have seen the transformation from the hard skinned juttis to soft sole juttis. Earlier to soften the juttis one used to dip them in water and apply oil on the edges which touched the skin of your feet. With rubber soles coming in, the juttis are so comfortable that wearing the same is a comfortable experience.
The juttis are flat sole slip-ons with options available for men as well as women. The jutti for men resembles a moustache as it has a pointed tip which is curved inwards. For ladies the front is round and no curves on the tip. For men the base color of the juttis is majorly black and brown (Camel shade) with embroidery of gold and silver color threads. Whereas the options for the ladies are unending. The jootis are decorated with colorful threads, sequins, beads, traditional “Dabka” work embroidery and even colorful pompoms. With times changing, jootis have also become chic and suave by introducing juttis with modern art embroidery as well as juttis in every possible color to match with the wardrobe collections.
This footwear has always been a popular choice for all traditional wear as men pair these with the Churidaar Kurtas as well as Sherwanis and women pick up the trendiest and prettiest jutti to go with their gorgeous Lehengas as well as Salwar Kameez. It has become such a popular choice for daily wear too that the younger lads and damsels are pairing these with jeans and even with dresses.
The best feature about this footwear is that there is no distinction between the left and right foot. With time the jutti takes the shape of your feet and you simply enjoy the comfort offered. These are so sturdy and comfortable that you would get bored of wearing these brogans but they will never leave you or get distorted.