Espadrilles are a type of footwear that has existed for many centuries. In the archaeological museum of Granada are conserved some that were next to some human rest in the Cave of the Murciélagos that are estimated they can arrive to have 4,000 years since they date of the Middle Neolithic. Logically, this is a very primitive and basic version of the ones we know today, but they are the oldest testimony of rope in Spain.
The espadrilles are light sandals whose sole is made of braided esparto and linen fabric. The craftsmanship of these espadrilles was an occupation that was dedicated to many families (men, women and children) who made them in their homes to the love of the fireplace or seated in the benches at the doors of their homes.
This type of footwear took it from the military of the Aragonese crown in the thirteenth century to the priests, but also the miners or the country people. Typically, dark cloth sneakers will be worn during the week and raw linen will be worn on Sundays.
Depending on the regions there were small variations in the design and with the appearance of cars and tractors reinforced their esparto soles by sewing to it the rubber of the old tires. Towards the year 1950, the evolution of the fashion forced the manufacturers of espadrilles giving a new twist, giving life to designs more sophisticated so that they adapted to the new tendencies.
The name espadrilles comes from the Catalan “espardenya” which refers to the thick grass, the esparto that is used to weave its sole. In 1960, the very Yves Saint Laurent made a very specific request asking him to make a high-heeled espadrilles made of esparto. Something never seen to date. From then on it was very common to see the ladies who spent the summer on the French Riviera wearing a pair of espadrilles that were tied with a bow to the ankle.
The espadrilles are still very popular since their natural esparto sole adapts perfectly to the shape of the foot and allows the skin to breathe so that in summer there are many, both men and women, who wear them.
It is curious how the great brands of handbags and Italian shoes claim the stamp of “Made in Italy”. At the moment I’m listening to Tod’s, Ferragamo, etc. Here, we have a saying that no one is a prophet in their land. But we should support a little more this type of footwear made especially in Spain, which has existed for more than 4,000 years for what has proven to be absolutely timeless, do not you think?
That said today I want to tell you about a 100% sandals made in Spain called Costà. It is a small workshop in Malaga that hand-made classic sandals made from natural materials of the highest quality like linen and silk, which have been implemented with new materials and a more modern design that includes the skin.
A pair of espadrilles that thanks to its simplicity and good taste perfect access to all kinds of outfits, wearing trendy feet while providing great comfort. That explains why many brides order them to share among the guests at their wedding, so they can get off their heels and dance to the music all night.
They have also become very fashionable among those who come every year to the romería del Rocio or to the fair in Seville as the latest collections that have been called “Duende al Sur” and “My Funny Espadrilles” include in linen or The silk the same prints or embroidery that can be seen in the mantles of Manila. If you want to know points of sale and prices you can find out by visiting their website.
History of espadrilles and how it is made
The espadrille or Espadrille (French espadrille) is a type of canvas shoe with Jute (vegetable fiber) or rubber sole. It is secured to the foot by simple adjustment although there are some more elaborate ones that have cords. They are mainly used in Spain, France and several Latin American countries. It is believed to have originated in the Egyptian sandal, which was then inspired by the Romans to make a covered slipper to protect the foot of the sun and heat.
Introduced later to Spain in the year 1300, they are part of the costume typical of the territories of Aragon, Catalonia, Basque Country and Valencia as well as southern France. In Spain it was also used as footwear-urban, or even as footwear for soldiers.
It was carried with the colonization to America by the Jesuit Missionaries who could thus fulfill long days comfortably shoes. And the area of the River Plate by the Spanish immigrants, being adopted by the rural workers in substitution of the famous Bota de Potro.
As it is a fresh footwear, it lets the foot breathe and adapts to its shape, being comfortable to carry out various activities. Unlike other clothing, the humble alpargata, has managed to become an inevitable garment for both men and women with no age difference. But, and especially in these latitudes, in the inseparable companion of the field trousers.
In Argentina the espadrille has become the cheapest and daily footwear of the gauchos of yesteryear, to be a fresh and informal way to put on. They are frequently used in warm areas of the country, either to go to the beach or to perform any outdoor activity. With the advancement of technology the espadrille has stopped being the simple canvas shoes and jute to become a form of informal expression of the time in which we live.