Espadrilles are making a comeback this season and are very trendy, making its mark in most shoe stores across the country. It is perfect for the summer season and makes me feel that I need to go on a Mediterranean cruise.
Espadrilles have been around since the 13th century, originating in the Pyrenees and was predominately worn by the King Aragon’s infantry. Its name is derived from the word esparto, the plant that was originally used (burned then braided) to make the soles of the shoes. Today, jute rope is used for the sole, which is the defining characteristic of an espadrille and the top is usually made from canvas.
In the early years, the shoes were handmade and today one can still find the craft being practised in France and Spain. The espadrille reached new heights in the late sixties, when Yves Saint Laurent introduced the high-heeled wedge with ribbon tie ups. For more info on the history of espadrilles, visit www.espadrillestore.com
These shoes and very comfortable and versatile and can be worn with an array of fashion items. Pair your espadrille with a wide linen pants and pastel colours to get the Mediterranean feel.
Espadrilles have been popular for centuries, where designers keep re-inventing the style to align with current trends. I think it will be around for a while.