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The history of espadrilles

Alpargatas artesanas

Multiple are the assumptions about the origins of espadrilles, several theories place the first sandals in Egypt, by the jute-soled shoes found in the tombs of the Pharaohs; other place the first espadrilles or espardenyas in south-eastern France and northern Spain, made by rural people as an easy manufacturing footwear, and very comfortable for field work in the summer. It does not matter its history, what is matter is that nowadays it has become in a type of footwear very known in brand names.


There is no great designer, who has among its collections of espadrilles in recent years; either in their basic versions or in the most sumptuous and sophisticated designs, sandals and shoes with wooden jute or hemp, there are many models and designs of espadrilles for men and women, allowing use espadrilles in all situations.


Healthy, ecological and natural shoes

Espadrillas para mujer

The natural materials used in the manufacture of this type of shoe allows foot perspiration stations warmer, sandals or espadrilles are prized by many people as experts in naturopathy and doctors are agree on the advantages of choosing a natural and healthy footwear. All of us want quality on our feet.


The esparto, the main material that forms the soles and wedge sandals is not only 100% natural and biodegradable material also has exceptional insulating properties and low thermal conductivity, making it ideal for the manufacture of sandals and espadrilles.


Today, espadrilles are a type of footwear present anywhere in the world, and especially appreciated in countries like Germany, Japan and the United States.



Making the sole of the espadrille

Alpargatas de mujer

The main material forming the soles of espadrilles is the esparto, also known as hemp rope, the fibers are obtained from the trunk, after drying plant for 2-3 weeks, then spin these fibers until a rope with wedges and soles of esparto be developed.


Once it twisted you start to winding the hemp rope, giving it the right way according to the design of the sole of the sandal, they can be different shapes and heights, flat heel, wedge ... then the edges are sewn for clamping sole.


This process is finished, the soled vulcanized rubber (heating at 400 ° C) so that the sole takes its final form, while the joining of the strings of straw is reinforced, in this process does not use any type of glue so that the processing is done in the most natural way possible.


The union of esparto and natural rubber give the perfect fit and foot perspiration allow the ropes, to the same time avoiding possible slipping.


The latter process, joining the top of the sandal, the sole is made with hand-sewn with cotton thread, one by one, generation after generation, with great experience, wisdom and tradition that make each pair of espadrilles unique and unmistakable.


Care of the espadrille

To better care of sandals it is advisable not to wet them, since it is made esparto sole absorbs water and is very difficult to dry. If the top of the espadrille had any stain can be removed with a specific stain remover for fabric or leather; sometimes gently brushing the surface with a little water and soap for delicate clothes is enough.


If Espadrilles made in the espadrille SpainSi accidentally gets wet (eg in a summer storm), it is best to leave several days in the sun to dry the esparto completely.


Espadrilles with designation of origin

Alpargatas made in SpainNot all type of sandals or espadrilles are equal, only when you have used some manufactured in Spain, totally artisan discover the difference.


We have chosen espadrilles made in Spain, synonymous with authentic crafts, with brands like Juncal Aguirre y Santa Ana.