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Creator and designer of Kaptaan Chappal Haji Nooruddin Shinwar aka ChaCha Noor Din (born: 1960) stepped into cobbler craft in 1976 under supervision of his teacher Amal Din. In 1985 he started to work independently, in seven years span and was able to purchase his first shop in famous shoe market of Jahangirpura Bazaar, Peshawar. In 2005 he shifted his business to historical Namak Mandi Bazar, Peshawar and started working as Afghan Chappal Store.
Because of his great affection and admiration for Imran Khan, ChaCha Noor Din officially joined Pakistan Tehreek e Insaaf in 2013. In 2014 ChaCha Noor Din attended a political gathering led by Imran Khan (Now Prime Minister of Pakistan) and saw his leader wearing rough and battered Peshawari Chappal. Since he was in business of Peshawari chappals, he thought of making a specially designed contemporary, durable and comfortable Chappal for Imran Khan.
To make this exclusive sandal for Imran Khan worthy of his stature and work routine, ChaCha imported special soft leather from Italy and modified traditional design by replacing heavy rubber tyre sole with specially imported soft and light weight rubber from Japan, he kept the sole thicker than usual for shock absorption on rough trail, he hand-stitched the leather with Foam-Coated inner.
In November 2014, he presented this special chappal to Imran Khan during Azadi March sit-in (dharna) Islamabad with the help of his old customer Qasim Khan Suri. Imran Khan loved this chappal and called it “much better than branded running shoes”. Imran Khan adopted these chappals as a persistent part of his public outfit so it being widespread and known as “Kaptaan Chappal”. Kaptaan Chappal became instantly popular not only among urban youth of Pakistan but international designers like Paul Smith and French shoe designer Christian Louboutin also took inspiration from it.
In 2014 ChaCha designed first chappal for Imran Khan, previously in 1992 he made distinct traditional Panjadar Peshawari Chappal for Benazir Bhutto (Ex-Prime Minister of Pakistan). Other than Imran Khan many celebrities are customers and admirers of ChaCha Noor Din Kaptaan Chappal list includes, President of Pakistan Dr. Arif Alvi, Director General ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor, Brigadier Akhtar Alam , CEO of Haier Pakistan & owner of Peshawar Zalmi Mr. Javed Afridi, West Indian international cricketer Darren Sammy, Cricket Living Legend Wasim Akram, Pakistani cricketer Hasan Ali, and many politicians like Qasim Khan Suri, Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan, Shaukat Ali Yousafzai, Minister for Health and Information Khyber Pukhtunkhwa, Shafqat Mahmood, Federal Minister for Education, Late Dr. Soran Singh Ex-Minister of Minorities of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and Ali Amin Khan Gandapur Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan. ChaCha Noor Din Kaptaan Chappal is also official partner of Peshawar Zalmi.