Raphia is an artisanal shoe label with a focus on natural products, ancient craft and modern design. Founded in 2015 by Utrecht based Dutch-Moroccan designer Said Belhadj, the brand offers handcrafted raffia shoes made in collaboration with Moroccan artisans and European organic supplier companies. Inspired by traditional techniques developed by local craftspeople, Raphia develops new shapes using raffia, a material made from dried palm leaves of the raphia taedigera tree.

The upper shoe of Raphia is made of leaves from the Raphia taedigera, a palm tree that grows in tropical Africa and is mainly found in Madagascar. The dried leaves are dyed in the little town of Sidi Mogtar, which lies between Marrakech and the coastal city Essaouira.

Dyed with natural pigments resulting in unique colours and patterns, the raffia is stitched by hand on the shoe last. The fibre is surprisingly strong and highly breathable, retaining the artisan’s touch and showing the beauty of handcraft. The soles are produced in France, made either with sustainable natural tanned leather or natural rubber using hevea milk. The insoles are a blend of linen and coconut shell. All parts are put together by shoemakers in the Netherlands.

The upper shoe of Raphia is made of leaves from the Raphia taedigera, a palm tree that grows in tropical Africa and is mainly found in Madagascar. The dried leaves are dyed in the little town of Sidi Mogtar, which lies between Marrakech and the coastal city Essaouira.

The result is exceptionally comfortable shoes that adapt quickly to the feet. It is a decidedly challenging product to develop, since comfort is not sacrificed for the sake of sustainability, nor does sustainability come at the cost of comfort. Behind their light and fragile appearance, Raphia shoes are trusted lifelong partners, almost infinitely repairable.

The upper shoe of Raphia is made of leaves from the Raphia taedigera, a palm tree that grows in tropical Africa and is mainly found in Madagascar. The dried leaves are dyed in the little town of Sidi Mogtar, which lies between Marrakech and the coastal city Essaouira.
The shoes are hand-woven around the shoe by women in the area around Essaouira. They use different techniques in this process, which result in the unique patterns of Raphia shoes. Due to the lightweight material and the characteristic patterns, it is the ultimate summer shoe brandishing true craftsmanship. craftsmanship
The shoes are hand-woven around the shoe by women in the area around Essaouira. They use different techniques in this process, which result in the unique patterns of Raphia shoes. Due to the lightweight material and the characteristic patterns, it is the ultimate summer shoe brandishing true craftsmanship. craftsmanship
The shoes are hand-woven around the shoe by women in the area around Essaouira. They use different techniques in this process, which result in the unique patterns of Raphia shoes. Due to the lightweight material and the characteristic patterns, it is the ultimate summer shoe brandishing true craftsmanship. craftsmanship
Raphia is a Dutch Moroccan shoe brand. It is founded by Said Belhadj, based in Utrecht in the Netherlands, where he co-runs the young designer shop Puha. Raphia makes him travel en connect with his roots in Morocco, where he is always in search for unique products and beautiful crafts.
Raphia is a Dutch Moroccan shoe brand. It is founded by Said Belhadj, based in Utrecht in the Netherlands, where he co-runs the young designer shop Puha. Raphia makes him travel en connect with his roots in Morocco, where he is always in search for unique products and beautiful crafts.