What is an opanke?
Definition: The Opanke is a historical shoe in the characteristic style (Opanak style) without heel and insole and with a pointed and beak-shaped, pointed toe.
Because the Opanke from one piece of leather worked, you can compare them in their production with the moccasins. The Opanke is with her Bundschuh It is tied with a long strap and was already worn in ancient times.
The Opanke was and is worn by both men and women and therefore belongs to the category of unisex shoes.
Origin of the Opanke
The exact origin of this type of shoe is not certain. The shoes probably have Celtic origins. The shoes acted as work shoes.
Today’s use of the Opanke
Opanzien are still used in the Balkans today. Opanzien are worn as part of folklore activities. Due to their shape and material, they are far too impractical for everyday use. However, the shoes are very comfortable.
Some unusual shoe collections take the Opanke as a model and combine the special features of the historical shoe with modern effects. The traditional shoe is also popular as a souvenir.