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Buying Moroccan slippers/Babouche

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Buying Moroccan slippers/Babouche

I am going to Marrakech shortly and would like to buy some Morrocan slippers. However, I have heard that in Marrakesh the prices are considerably higher than those in say Fez. I know I will need to haggle and I am sure the retailer will be very adept at this. I would like to give them a fair price so that it is a win win solution. Do you have any suggestions as to where to buy and what to expect to pay?

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1. Re: Buying Moroccan slippers/Babouche

Whoever told you prices were higher in Marrakech than Fez was probably basing the advice on a sample of one.

Just bear in mind that most slippers are brought by locals, not tourists, and they don't earn much money. Go to a fixed price shop to get an idea of the absolute maximum that you should pay.

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2. Re: Buying Moroccan slippers/Babouche

Tim, Thank you for responding to my source. My source is a Moroccan lady who now lives in the UK so I took the information more seriously than if she was a tourist like me.

Edited: 26 February 2015, 01:29
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3. Re: Buying Moroccan slippers/Babouche

Hi,

She is probably from Fes ;-)

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slippers from Fes are uusually better quality and are sold all over Morocco. How can you tell a real from fake pair of slippers is hard for someone who isnot familiar with genuine leather. Usually f you can easily double bend Fes slippers ; pricewise slippers may start at 70 dh and go to 120 dh; fes slippers will cost from 150 to 200dh. quality comes with a price. Go to government shop to compare prices before you head into the souks

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5. Re: Buying Moroccan slippers/Babouche

Mohammed, that is very helpful including how to test the quality of the leather. Many thanks for your reply.

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6. Re: Buying Moroccan slippers/Babouche

Fake slippers???

The best place to buy slippers is probably Tafraoute as it's something the town specialises in.

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the Fixed price shops always has only souvernir stuff but not a good quality stuff, i agree that Fes has good pure leather , or just nearby Marrakech in Tafraout as Tim pointed they have good Babouches as well, it's hard to tell the real from the fake leather but the prices are always cleared it, because for a good quality always a little expensive than the souvernire ones.

Good Luck.

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So if something is expensive, it's genuine and good quality?

Good luck with that. ROTFLMAO.

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9. Re: Buying Moroccan slippers/Babouche

Hi Charlotte,

Did you buy your slippers? I am going to Marrakech shortly as well, and would love to bring some back with me - can you tell me where you got them and how happy you are with them?

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10. Re: Buying Moroccan slippers/Babouche

Hi Folks,

I didn't go to Fez, but bought 6 pair of beautiful Slippers in the Medina in Marrakesh on one of the most wonderful days of shopping I've EVER had. Are they real? Are they fake? I'm not sure based on the previous comments above. They appear to be leather soled that are a bit "sturdy" and don't "bend" as mentioned in a previous post. My daughter heard that they should be worn wet to become fitted to your foot, and that search is what led me to this thread but I haven't found that fact yet.

In summary, I had the time of my life buying the slippers, they appear to be of very fine quality, the shop keeper and I bargained and hassled and drank mint tea ... it was beautiful and they are perfect lightweight gifts to bring home from Morocco.....fyi bargain bargain bargain is the tip in Morocco but don't beat them down! If it's too much, walk away ... oh and bring an extra suitcase or better yet buy one of theirs - BEAUTIFUL!

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