If one is likely from the West and has not been to Saudi Arabia, one is less likely to know about the traditional Sandals worn by men in Saudi Arabia. They are unique in their particular style with an oversize opening for the big toe and distinctive leather with bright colors as highlights. It should also be known that while the sandal may look bulky in appearance, they are in fact quite comfortable. I oftentimes will “borrow” a pair of my husband’s as I think they look very stylish with blue jeans (my personal opinion of course). Saudi men will wear these sandals with their traditional white thobes as well as with western clothes too. Due to the weather conditions in the Kingdom, the Saudi sandal can easily be worn year round.
The Saudi sandal is traditionally referred to as the “madas sharqi” which means Sandal of the East. Unlike thobes, ghutras or other Saudi menswear, the Saudi sandals are also popular and worn by many expats. They make an excellent gift to take back to family members who may not have an opportunity to visit Saudi Arabia.
If you have an interest in ordering your own pair of these unique sandals, you may click here. For learning more about the Saudi sandals and tribes which make them, enjoy this archived link from Arab News.
As I did further google searches about Saudi Sandals, I realized that this post would also not be complete if I did not let you know that some young Saudi guys with too much money and too much time on their hands and too little brains, enjoy the sport of Saudi Sandal Surfing: