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Combining indigenous craftsmanship, modern designs and every imaginable attention to details to create shoes for today’s gentleman.
“The shoes are beautiful and look more well crafted than nearly anything else available in their price range. Markhor sources locally-made fine leather that’s usually shipped off to Italy & all of the parts are carefully made by hand.” — Fast Company
“The shoes are beautiful and look more well crafted than nearly anything else available in their price range. Markhor sources locally-made fine leather that’s usually shipped off to Italy & all of the parts are carefully made by hand.” — Fast Company
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508 backers pledged $107,286 to help bring this project to life.

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Markhor – 1800 Year Old Craftsmanship for Gentleman's Shoes

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Click here to reach out to our website at www.themarkhor.com
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The increase of mass production has given us more apparel choice than ever before, but as consumer we generally do not seem to be benefiting from it. This is done on purpose and is surely not in the best interest of ours. In order to sell more and more shoes large brands choose to lower the quality, attention to detail and bring something which is easier for them to produce and sell in bulk.

We believed we could do better, much better. We are calling it Markhor!

We take pride in prioritizing quality over quantity and directly work with craftsmen we have known for years. Our shoe designers draw and conceptualize each shoe style, ensuring the finest quality from design to development.

Our inspiration combines modern style and rich artisan heritage. The leather we use is tanned in one of the oldest leather tanneries in the subcontinent. By being one of the few shoemakers that still uses a hand–lasting process, each Markhor shoe is unique through its detail, color and comfort.

Thanks to our amazing backers, we hit our goal in less than 22 hours of our launch. We are beyond humble by this level of encouragement and your trust in Markhor shoes. It is safe to say you can feel how excited we are, let's not stop here..

OUR COLLECTION

MAKE IT PERSONAL - Now for everyone!

In the first week of our campaign we offered earlybird backers to engrave their initials or any message on the shoe sole.

Now it's open for anyone pledging $199/$99 - and if we meet $100k we'll do it for all level of backers.

Limited to 18 characters including space. Some ideas here to get you start!

Here is short video of the process (sorry about the poor light):

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THE BACKSTORY

Our story begins in the year 2010 in a small village of district Okara, Pakistan, the birthplace of our founders Waqas and Sidra. Where they met with Hussain, a local, who made handmade leather shoes in a small workshop for a living. On visiting the workshop, they felt so proud and intrigued to see the work of the small group of talented craftsmen.

But everything was not going well. They learned that Hussain’s craft as well as other shoemakers in the region were at the risk of extinction because of the lack of essential resources and demand in the local market - all the consequence of mass production. Waqas left his college and Sidra had to shrug off the traditional gender biases in the society to work towards turning this craft into a world renowned brand. They were determined to make this craft known to the world.

Since then there has been no looking back. After making and selling shoes in small quantities around the globe, and facing many successes and numerous failures, the team decided to launch Markhor with the help of backers from Kickstarter.

WHY KICKSTARTER

We started working on our shoe collection back in February. From our experience of working and spending time with craftsmen we knew what could be achieved in term of quality, comfort and style.

We also learned that in order to bring the collection we would need more capital and support of founding customers. That’s why we decided to launch on Kickstarter to get the help we needed.

Your support will help us fund the craftsmen's salary, shoe lasts and meet minimum order sizes for leather and other materials. Thank you for helping us bringing Markhor brand into life.

BACKER REWARDS

PS. If you have any friend who has difficulty finding a wider pair of shoes, let them know that Markhor has a wider heart and can help them. Thanks!

PRESS / BLOGGER KIT

Our Media Kit contains all the visual assets and press summary you might need. Please download here - your consideration is appreciated.

We can also be reached at founders@themarkhor.com

STAY IN TOUCH:

Risks and challenges

Whilst we have been making shoes by working with craftsmen since 2010 - this is the first time we are launching as Markhor. We waited till the right time to come to Kickstarter - even then it brings its own risks and challenges.

We are giving ourselves a conservative five month window to make and deliver your shoes. We'll most likely have them to you before April, but wanted to be absolutely sure to deliver on our promise.

Having said that, there are always risks of delay in anything which is handmade and involves such level of details. We will write our backers regularly through out the campaign (2-3/month), and keep posted on our progress.

If at any point you want to get in touch with us, please write us at founders@themarkhor.com

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    Pledge $25 or more About $25

    MARKHOR JOURNAL - a printed set of photographs and short stories featuring our craftsmen, customers and team. This will be assembled to give our backers a sense of our beginning, present and future we aspire to build.

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    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL ♦ ONE Markhor Chappal with your initials engraved on it + Markhor Journal. You also choose the leather color, style, thread and size. After the campaign ends, you'll receive a survey to submit the information.

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    ONE Markhor Chappal with your choice and size + Markhor Journal. A GREAT DEAL of saving at least $50 off expected retail of $180. After the campaign ends, you'll receive a survey to submit the information.

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    Pledge $169 or more About $169

    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL ♦ ONE pair of Markhor Shoes with your initials / message engraved on the sole + Markhor Journal. After the campaign ends, you'll receive a survey to submit the information.

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    Pledge $199 or more About $199

    ONE pair of Markhor Shoes of your choice and size + Markhor Journal. After the campaign ends, you'll receive a survey to submit the information. A GREAT DEAL of saving at least $76 off expected retail price of $275.

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    Pledge $199 or more About $199

    ADDED DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND ♦ One pair of Markhor Shoes with your initials / message ENGRAVED on the sole + Markhor Journal. A GREAT DEAL of saving at least $150 off the expected retail price. After the campaign ends, you'll receive a survey to submit the information.

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    Pledge $235 or more About $235

    WIDER FEET SPECIAL ♦ One pair of Markhor Shoes in Wide (E) and Wide (EE) fitting + Your initials / message ENGRAVED on the sole + Markhor Journal. A GREAT DEAL of saving at least $200 off the expected retail price of the deal. The style is subjected to the voting results between Black Loafer and The Derby. After the campaign ends, you'll receive a survey and sizing guide to submit the information.

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    Pledge $299 or more About $299

    ONE PAIR of Markhor SHOES of your choice and size + ONE PAIR of Markhor CHAPPAL of your choice and size + Markhor Journal. A GREAT DEAL of saving at least $130 off of the expected retail price of the combination. After the campaign ends, you'll receive a survey to submit the information.

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    Pledge $369 or more About $369

    TWO PAIRS of Markhor Shoes of your choice and size + Markhor Journal. A GREAT DEAL of saving at least $180 off the expected retail price of the combination. After the campaign ends, you'll receive a survey to submit the information.

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    Pledge $569 or more About $569

    THREE PAIRS of Markhor Shoes of your choice and size + Markhor Journal. A GREAT DEAL of saving at least $255 off the expected retail price of the combination. After the campaign ends, you'll receive a survey to submit the information.

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    Pledge $769 or more About $769

    FOUR PAIRS of Markhor Shoes of your choice and size + Markhor Journal. A GREAT DEAL of saving at least $330 off of the expected retail price of the combination. After the campaign ends, you'll receive a survey to submit the information.

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    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    VIP DINNER in San Francisco & NYC + THREE SHOES + ONE CHAPPAL + Markhor Journal. You'll be invited for an exclusive dinner with Markhor founders in a local restaurant, your shoe measurements will be taken on the spot. You'll get a poster signed by our craftsmen and much more. (SF & NYC - residents only, sorry!)

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    Pledge $1,500 or more About $1,500

    MARKHOR AMBASSADOR ♦ With this deal, you get to be a founding customer, a member of our team. You'll be part of upcoming collection launches, play an active role in them and help us in our final goal. You'll also get FOUR SHOES + TWO CHAPPALS + Markhor Journal. You'll get a pair of EVERY NEW STYLE we launch in next 12 months. You'll also get a poster signed by our craftsmen, and goodies we don't know about yet. (US-residents only, sorry!)

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Funding period

- (45 days)