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ABOUT ZYNE

A classic piece of culture, craftsmanship, and heritage. The babouche is the iconic shoe worn throughout the Moroccan world for traditional events, and encapsulates centuries of history, from the effervescent buzz of the souks to the timeless landscape across the country. Customarily created by hand out of leather, the babouche is an individual style statement – moulding itself to the wearer’s foot over time, so that it truly belongs to no one else.

The Zyne Babouche brings Moroccan tradition into the 21st century – by imbuing this classic slipper with the spirit of wanderlust and glamour. Crossing all limitations of urban borders and seasons, this is a slipper designed to be worn everywhere, at any time. By combining the heritage of the babouche with the finest materials and modern techniques, we’ve created the ideal shoe to add an extra dimension to your personal style. And as our babouche slippers are hand-beaded by a cooperative dedicated to supporting local women in the community, know that each pair you purchase brightens up the life of another woman.

Weave magic into every step, with the celestial sparkle shimmering at your feet. Capture the unbounded and limitless spirit of an adventuring soul with shoes designed to travel across paths unknown. And as your slipper becomes a part of you over time, let it be the perfect companion through all your journeys – comfortable, stylish, and utterly unique.

ABOUT OUR FOUNDERS

Each pair of shoes designed by founder Zineb Britel has a mission to bring the ancestral Moroccan “babouche”, and its traditional craftsmanship, into the 21st Century. After studying Fashion Design at Esmod Paris, and gaining experience working at Christian Dior and Sonia Rykiel, Zineb discovered that her true passion and talent was shoe design. Gaining expertise in this discipline at Central Saint Martins in London and Moda Pelle in Italy, Zineb was inspired to explore her own countryʼs footwear and to give it a modern twist.

Business partner Laura Pujol graduated from INSEEC, one of Franceʼs top advertising schools and went on to specialize in Luxury Goods Marketing at LʼEcole Internationale de Marketing du Luxe (EIML Paris). Laura’s passion is to bring the painstaking craft of luxury good marketing to life while honoring those who dedicate their lives to craftsmanship. After working in the marketing team of Christian Louboutin, Laura decided to join the ZYNE adventure with her best friend, to help her develop and make the magic happen.

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