Our journey began when we spotted the original pair of Charix tucked away in a shop in old city Istanbul. It was love at first sight for their eye-catching style, and they became an everyday favorite for their comfort. From the city to the seaside and the world in between, Charix became our go-to shoe for every kind of adventure. Friends would invariably ask: can you bring me a pair next time you visit? Well, we got the message! Now we want to share Charix with the world.
What is Charix?
Charix is our intentional twist to the word charik, which refers to the traditional leather shoes handmade by generations of Turkish craftsmen. For the first time ever, we elevated these ancient style of shoes with modern craftsmanship. We called them Charix.
As avid travelers, we thought that the perfect pair would combine the shoes' raw aesthetics with better comfort, consistent fit, and lasting quality, without sacrificing any part of either. So we set out to make it.
We brought in modern tools, capable hands, and an abundance of creativity into our atelier to rebuild the classic version down to every last detail. Upgrades include: (1) Memory-Foam Insole, (2) Durable, Non-Skid Outsole, (3) Half Sizes, (4) Consistent Fit, (5) Contoured Heel, (6) Shape Retention, and (7) Ergonomic Instep.
Trial after trial, we found the perfect harmony: a new durable version that preserves the artisan magic of the traditional footwear and feels like you are walking on air. We are the only brand that offers these classic shoes with the specifications of contemporary high-end footwear.
We want to spread our love of Charix with people around the world. They are a cooler, more functional alternative to loafers, espadrilles and slippers -- perfect with any look and ready for any adventure. Put on a pair and join our journey as we turn them into the next world classic.
For The Curious
Charix was founded in 2015 by an Istanbul native living in the United States. As a third-generation textile manufacturer, our founder merged the principles of craftsmanship, quality, and innovation to bring you the best of old and new. He is joined by like-minded, travel-loving friends, who share the big dream.
We believe in minimalism; it highlights the high-quality of our materials. We believe in streamlined, thoughtful design; it transitions effortlessly through time, place, and occasion. We believe in fewer and better goods that are truly worth creating and owning.
Our shoes are produced at the Charix atelier in Istanbul with the love and care of our artisans. Our atelier is equipped with modern tools, experienced hands, and an abundance of creativity.
For our materials, we choose top shelf only. We hand-pick the finest natural leathers, which age beautifully over time. We line our shoes with the softest calf-leather - it never smells nor overheats. Our hidden memory foam insoles keep arches unstrained, while our minimalist rubber outsoles provide grip and durability.
We strive to offer the finest shoes at the fairest prices. Our price point was determined based on the feedback of our early customers, not a margin calculation. We bring you the qualities of high-end shoes, without inflated prices.
For The More Curious
The classic charik transcends generations. Over centuries, the design naturally evolved; some featuring a curled toe, some a flat vamp, and some a woven design... And of course there is the version we spotted in Istanbul that inspired Charix. Here is a picture of different traditional versions taken in 2010.
In the summer of 2015, we completed our first of prototype, made according to the traditional construction. We spent the rest of that summer wear-testing and preparing for our launch. Then we realized two things: (1) there were other brands selling them at varying price-points, and (2) they all lacked the level of comfort, fit and durability we would expect from our shoes today. Instead of launching what we now call the 'souvenir version', we took a first-ever approach.
We spent the next year in our atelier with experienced shoemakers re-imagining the old world shoes for the modern world. We pioneered a new way to construct the shoe, using contemporary tools, innovative techniques, and better materials. We added memory foam insoles. We field-tested each round of prototypes for months. Eventually, it became clear that our updated version offered better comfort, fit, and durability than the classic version. Finally, we launched our line of shoes -- Charix!