Thursday, January 18, 2018

Madas - Traditional Saudi Sandals

Originally made of camel or cow leather, the madas sandals are traditionally worn by Saudi men in all walks of life, from royalty to laborers. They are worn for any occasion, from formal events to work to business meetings to hiking in the desert.

In the past madas were all made by hand, a painstaking process which is costly in today's world.  Madas offer more support and protection than simple flip flops.  Nowadays most madas found in the marketplace are mass produced and machine made.  Cheaper knockoffs made of imitation leather are readily available in a variety of colors and embellishments, like beadwork and stitching designs in colorful threads.

This style of sandal has also become popular with women in the last few years and even can be found now with low heels for the ladies.  


William Kendall said...

I like the patterns.

Dina said...

An interesting design! I've never seen these.
Is there any religious restriction on how much of the foot can be exposed in public?

Susie of Arabia said...

Not that I am aware of, Dina. Women's ankles should be covered, but I think the feet are ok.