Written by Andy Lencina
Espadrilles have been made in Pyrennean Catalonia (Spain) since at least the XIV century. There are shops still in existence that have been making espadrilles for over a century.
Traditional espadrilles have canvas upper with the toe and vamp cut in one piece. Often they would have laces at the throat that would be wrapped around the ankle to hold the shoes. This gives the shoe a modern and feminine aesthetic.
Today, espadrilles are still extremely popular in the fashion world, especially in the summer. The simplicity of this shoe makes it versatile and therefore easy to match with all sorts of different styles.
Each season we see great designers like Valentino or Chanel bet on this trend by creating unique and adapted to current fashion models.
If the espadrille has already been around for 4000 years then it’s not about to go out of fashion now. Long live espadrilles!
Regarding the manufacturing, it is generally more complex than that of regular sandals. The jute soles are the most critical part. The jute twines are first machine-braided. These braids are then manually formed into the shape of the sole and hydraulically pressed with heat to form the final shape, and completed with vertical stitching. These basic soles are then vulcanized underneath.