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How do I break in my khussa shoes?
These ethnic shoes can become your most comfortable shoes! They mold themselves to your feet and the more your wear them the more comfortable they become.

Wet your feet and wear your khussa around the house for an afternoon. Occasionally rewet your feet. If they pinch or rub anywhere, you can put on a band-aide with a cotton ball under it, to help stretch the leather in that spot (i.e. on the back of the heel or on your big toe). Every time you wear your khussa they will become more comfortable as they mold to your feet.

If your khussa shoes are tight, take care to properly break them in. You would be surprised at how much they can stretch. If you need extra stretching, wear damp socks when breaking them in.

If your khussa shoes are too big, simply add foam insoles. You can add full inserts or just toe or heel inserts. You still want to follow the break in instructions above to make your khussa comfortable and form to your feet.

Printable Khussa Break In Instructions (with pictures)

These printable instructions include before and after pictures to help demonstrate how khussa should look and feel after proper break in.

More about khussa shoes...

Commonly known as Indian shoes and also known as jootie, mojori, embellished flats, and Indian slippers, khussa have been around for thousands of years. Perfect with any look, boho chic, casual jeans, ethnic, or western.

Brides and Weddings
A favorite of brides looking for flats for their wedding or shoes for the reception and honeymoon. Perfect for bridesmaids. What is the first things bridesmaids do after the pictures at the reception? Take off those uncomfortable shoes, of course! For your bridesmaid's gifts, give them gorgeous comfortable Indian shoes to slip into during the reception. Extremely popular for medieval, renaissance, and SCA themed weddings.

Expecting Mothers
Perfect for pregnant women. Flat comfortable shoes, that are supremely stylish. Khussa stretch and mold to your feet, so swollen feet are no problem. Look great after the baby is born, when you just don't have the energy to deal with heels. A wonderfully unique baby shower gift for the mother-to-be!

Khussa are great for costumes of all kinds! Popular as SCA garb and costumes for Renaissance Fairs. Practical and stylish for belly dancers that need to dance on cement or other rough surfaces and before and after the show. The finishing touch to Halloween costumes such as, genie, harem girl, Renaissance Princess, belly dancer, Dorothy of the Wizard of Oz, Danielle (Drew Barrymore's character in Ever After), Cinderella, and more!

Recognizing quality khussa...

BoHo styles and ethnic looks of the East are hot right now, and embellished khussa shoes fit the bill perfectly. However, did you know that not all khussa shoes are created equal? Khussa Indian shoes are so pretty with their bright colors and intricate handcrafted beading that it can be easy to overlook quality in your shopping. Low quality shoes will not break in correctly, deform quickly, and can be bad for sensitive skin.

Look for khussa made from high quality leather.
The key when shopping for khussa shoes, is to look for khussa shoes made from high quality leather. Many manufacturers will use inferior leather for the uppers of the khussa and some use poor quality leather for the entire shoe. To avoid this, the uppers should not be a different color leather than the soles. The shoe should look stiff not floppy (good quality khussa leather starts off very stiff, and then breaks in to conform to your foot). The leather should appear thick, not thin. Poor quality leather can be bad for sensitive skin and can take on an offensive odor over time.

These are poor quality ethnic shoes.
Notice the floppy worn look and the different shades of leather. They have a used dirty appearance and the leather looks thin. Also, notice the middle picture has a poor quality flesh-tone liner.

Check where the khussa are made.
Khussa are referred to as Indian shoes, but they are made in India, Pakistan, and China. Pakistan is widely recognized to provide the best quality handmade khussa shoes. Leather is cleaned with a process using salt and Pakistan has huge supplies of salt and uses it liberally. Salt is very expensive in India and is used sparingly to clean leather. Pakistan is also world renown for quality hand stitching (many high end shoes are made in Pakistan, as are sports balls, including the world's best soccer balls). Stitching techniques are passed down through families for many generations. Chinese beaded flats are normally very low quality, cheaply made, and will not last long.

Look for shoes that look like they have good workmanship.
If the shoe looks slapped together, it is slapped together. The khussa should look stiff and solid, not floppy or worn. The stitching should be nice and tight. Pen lines and stencil marks on handmade khussa are normal and expected, and often cannot be seen when worn. Take a look at all available pictures when shopping for ethnic khussa shoes. Are there plenty of close-up pictures? Do the shoes look to be of high quality?

Notice the general look of quality in the workmanship and the tight stitching.

Make sure the retailer stands behind their product.
Will they be there for you after the sale to answer questions? Do they have a return policy (does it allow returns if you get the wrong size)? Does the return policy cover shipping? If not, how much is their shipping? Is there a restocking fee? Are they easy to contact?

More Tips:
  • Often manufacturers cover poor quality leather with flesh-tone vinyl or "cushion" inserts.
  • Khussa leather should be stiff at first. Quality khussa shoes will break in over time.
  • Poor quality leather will often develop a foul odor over time and irritate sensitive skin.
  • Beware of overly high shipping charges.
  • Look for khussa shoes that look stiff and new.
  • If a deal looks too good to be true, it probably is.
What size khussa shoes do I wear?

Beachcombers! khussa shoes have been completely streamlined for true consistent Beachcombers! sizing. If you are a US size 8, you should be a Beachcombers! size 8. If you are US size 8.5 you are likely a size 9 (though in some instances you would be an 8). If you are in between sizes or like a bit of extra room in the toe, size up and add a pair of khussa insoles.

Each shoe listing will let you know the approximate sizes the shoes should fit. For example, some shoe styles may say fits size 7.5 - 8 and other styles may say fits size 8 - 8.5 depending on the measurements of that specific shoe.

Shoes are sized to be worn with your toe all the way to the end of the shoe (as they are worn in India & Pakistan). If you like a bit of extra room in the toe, size up.

Beachcombers! PDF Printable Sizing Template


Click on Beachcombers! My-Khussa-Sizer Template link below. Click print in Adobe Reader. When the print box "pops" up, under the "Print Handling" section near the bottom of the box:

  1. Turn the "auto rotate & center" OFF
  2. Under "Page Scaling" choose NONE

Note: These instructions must be followed for the template to be the proper size.

Beachcombers! My-Khussa-Sizer Template

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Email Jody for Help
Shoot me an email answering the below questions. Just copy and paste the questions into the body of your email and add your answers.
Please answer all questions.

  1. What size shoes do you normally wear?

  2. Do you ever size up a half a size?

  3. Do you ever size up more than a half a size?

  4. Are your feet wide, average, or narrow width?

  5. Do you like to wear your shoes tight or do you like extra room in the toes?

  6. Is there anything else about your feet to consider when sizing for shoes (previous surgery or other issues that can make sizing difficult)?

You can expect a response 2- 4 hours during normal business hours and within 24 hours outside of normal business hours. You are also welcome to call during normal business hours.

Email Jody for Khussa Sizing Help
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Measure Your Foot
Take a measurement of your largest foot and compare to the chart below and the individual Khussa shoe listing you are interested in. Take the measurement three times to ensure an accurate reading. Add 1/4 to 1/2 inch to the measurement and get the next size up.

The key measurement is the length. The shoe width measurement may be smaller than the measured width of your foot.

Measurement Tips:
Be sure to take your measurement on a hard surface, as carpet will give you an inaccurate reading. Take the measurement three times to ensure an accurate reading.

  • Trace your foot on a piece of paper and then use a ruler or tape measure to find your actual measurement.
  • Lay out a tape measure and line your heel up exactly with the zero mark. Put all your weight on your foot and use that measurement.

NOTE: Use common sense. If you normally wear a size 10, but your measurement is showing a size 8, then something is not right. If in doubt, size up. Each shoe listing will let you know the approximate sizes the shoes should fit. For example some shoe styles may say fits size
7.5 - 8 and other styles may say fits size 8 - 8.5 depending on the measurements of that specific shoe.

If you are having any problems finding your size, call our toll-free number, 1-866-454-8772.
We are always happy to help!

Size Appx. Shoe Sole Measurements
Europe UK US Length Width
37 4.5 6 9 5/8" 3 1/8"
38 5.5 7 10" 3 1/4"
39 6.5 8 10 1/4" 3 3/8"
40.5 7.5 9 10 3/4" 3 1/2"
41.5 8.5 10 11" 3 5/8"
42.5 9.5 11 11 1/8" 3 5/8"
43.5 10.5 12 11 1/4" 3 5/8"

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