Espadrilles; The Timeless Summer Staple

 Each year, as spring finally chips away at the winter chill, thoughts turn to packing away our weather-proof footwear and slipping into something altogether more elegant. It is here that the espadrille excels.

 

Characterised by its rope sole, traditionally formed of jute, the shoe has a storied past that only seeks to further its classic status. It can be traced back as far as the 14th Century.

 

The art of the espadrille: enduring craftmanship

 

The modern-day journey of the espadrilles begins with the Spanish Civil War, during which Republican soldiers were sent to the front line with flat-soled, canvas upper espadrilles, typically featuring ribbons that tied around the ankle

As a consequence of the conflict some manufacturers were nationalised as the shoes were regarded as a product of military interest.

 

Post-war, the brand's traditional espadrilles became beloved of by Cary Grant and style icons like Grace Kelly, and Jackie Onassis, to name but a few.

  
Grace Kelly displaying her effortless style, finished off with a pair
of espadrilles, ca 1950s.
 
John Wayne and Gary Cooper vacationing in Acapulco, Mexico, ca 1940s. 
 

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