Casablanca transplant Kate Maryam has launched Moor Morocco, a new footwear brand taking inspiration from traditional Moroccan babouche. The Yorkshire lass discovered her love for babouche when she stumbled upon a coup de foudre in the Marrakech medina. The babouche souk was home to a group of skillful artisans “hand-making buttery-soft colorful leather slipper-like shoes,” explained Kate. This is where the story of Moor Morocco began. When Kate purchased her first pair of leather babouche, the desire to create her own pair emerged. Her signature trademark is a set of Moroccan tassels which graces each pair. A babouche is a flat, slipper-like style Moroccan leather shoe with an effortlessly elegant pointy toe.
“Bright cobalt blue bubble-leather Moroccan babouches with shimmering silver tassels and hand-embroidered contrast stitching. Inspired by memories of the sun sparkling on all things blue – seas, skies, zellij tiles, painted medina walls and boats – in the magical seaside town of Asilah,” is how Kate describes her Asilah Blue Babouche.
Moor’s online store debuted on July 10th, 2019 and offers her designs in 13 colors. All have stylish Moroccan names: Casablanca White, Golden Goddess, Habibi Pink & Coral, Joyful Coral & Pink, Kaza Taupe Snakeskin, Mamounia Black Snakeskin, Marrakech Tan Snakeskin, Moonset Yellow Babouches, Nautical Navy, Nous-nous Taupe, Starlight Gold Babouches, Wild Camel, and Zwina Hot Pink.
Moor’s Moroccan babouche made from 100% leather by the Baqali family in the Rabat-Salé souk. The upper part is from cowhide, sheep in the interior, and the sole is from camel material. All the babouche have a slim-fit with almond-toe. The sole is reinforced sole with 10mm heel. Each pair has a unique label printed, Yalla! Let’s go!