Contemporary Juttis, The Footwear Trend With a Twist

The fading trend of juttis, foot wears adorned with extensive embroidery and gold or silver threadwork, is now being revived by Bollywood leading ladies and designer labels such as Fizzy Goblet and Payal Singhal.

For the promotions of Imtiaz Ali’s next, Jab Harry Met Sejal, co-starring Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka, the actress has mostly opted for Indian attires and more so, for the comfort and style offered by traditional juttis. While Anushka makes juttis seem the perfect fit with traditional ensembles, the likes of Kalki, on the other hand, team it up with casual dresses and add a certain spunk to the entire look.

Laksheeta Govil of Fizzy Goblet, who recently unveiled their unique styled-Fiori Felici edition of floral juttis, in collaboration with designer Payal Singhal, feels that the jutti silhouette is best suited for everyday wear.

A right pair of juttis can not only help stylize a look, but can also help women to escape from the miseries and pain offered under the flag name of high heels and stilettoes. “It’s comfortable and easy to slip into. And with a little tweak on the traditional styles, juttis can make quite a statement on contemporary wear,” she says.

Given that a footwear is probably the most underrated aspect of one’s style statement, does Govil feel that a pair of fine juttis can lift up an otherwise dull look? “Any shoes, jutti or otherwise, can make or break a look,” she feels.

Gone are the days when juttis were only teamed up with ethnic attires, now even a casual every-day look can be glammed up by pairing it up with the right pair. “A basic outfit like white shirt with a pair of jeans can be completed with printed juttis. A lot of people are wearing the style and wearing it right,” she adds.

Govil, whose latest collection combines the reminiscence of an old rose found pressed in a book and the charm of botanical prints, highlights that she loves reinventing the age-old footwear in versatile canvases like brogues and sneakers with the use of denim, Ikat, Benares brocades on the shoes with embellishments.

When asked if there’s any particular actress she’d like to credit for doing the jutti-trend right, Govil lauded them all. “All of them! It’s fun to watch each one’s take on it. Of course, most of them wear it with their Indian wear. But I loved how Kalki Koechlin recently wore a pair of our floral brogue juttis with a white dress,” she says.

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