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Krunoslav Paun

  • Shoemaker
  • Donji Andrijevci, Croatia
  • Rising Star
Krunoslav Paun Shoemaker
Croatian, English
By appointment only
+385 98563312
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Scarce peasant shoes

  • • Krunoslav inherited love for shoemaking from his grandfather
  • • He is specialised in leather folk costume shoes
  • • His work is deeply rooted in local Croatian culture

Krunoslav Paun comes from Donji Andrijevci in Slavonia, one of the four historic regions of Croatia. He is one of the last traditional peasant shoemakers in Croatia. Although he graduated as a lawyer, he did not feel himself in the profession, so continued the family tradition of making folk costume shoes, which are called opanak in Croatian. Today, few people wear this type of footwear, so he mostly makes them for domestic and foreign folklore associations and as souvenirs. The whole story with his craft, he says, is coincidental, but for him, it had a happy outcome. He makes interesting, creative, traditional shoes, sandals, bags and boots of leather according to the personal wishes of clients, which then – given the specifics – very often end up as unique.

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Glossy sandals

These traditional male sandals are made of glossy leather. Characteristic of the Đakovo and Osijek region in Croatia. They are mainly used for simple folklore dances.

Length 30 cm
Width 11 cm
Height 8 cm

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Braided sandals

These traditional male sandals (opanak) have origins in the Croatian region of Lika. The sandals are made of rolled leather strings that are pre-soaked in water. These shoes are intended for dry weather.

Length 32 cm
Width 10 cm
Height 7 cm

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Work Opanci

This style of working shoes are made of leather and are traditional in the Slavonia region of Croatia. They used to be worn during field work, most commonly by the poor people in the early 20th century.

Length 28 cm
Width 11 cm
Height 9 cm

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Moslavački Opanci

These kinds of shoes are characteristic of the Moslavina and Slavonia regions of Croatia. Simple, leather shoes with not much decoration were usually made for children to be worn inside the house.

Length 26 cm
Width 9 cm
Height 7.5 cm

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Men's boots

These traditional men's leather boots are designed to be suitable for riding horses. They would also be worn by tamburica (a long-necked mandolin) players and dancers of the traditional dance called kolo. They have a background in military boots from the period of Vojna krajina and were assimilated in the folkloric wear of Slavonia region in Croatia.

Length 31 cm
Width 12 cm
Height 40 cm

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