Espadrilles: Timeless Natural Jute Soles & Canvas Uppers Of Lightweight, Warm Weather Appeal

Summer Appeal:  Jute Sole Espadrilles
Summer Appeal: Jute Sole Espadrilles

Jute sole “Espadrilles”. Long have they been an emblem of casual Summer “chic”. These jute sole shoes with canvas uppers have endured as a coveted warm weather essential. For certain, variations abound of this timeless shoe that pairs with a flexible and defining characteristic sole constructed of jute rope. Natural and lightweight delight, indeed…

Espadrilles: Season Style With Variations
Espadrilles: Season Style With Variations

Since the 14th century espadrilles have been crafted in the Pyrennean Catalonia region of Spain. Originally constructed as peasant footwear it is perhaps no surprise that the form and function of this lightweight, natural shoe would evolve and pair with fashion. Interestingly, the most primitive form of espadrilles date back as far as 4000 years. Quite an enduring history of natural appeal. The French term “Espadrille”, in the romance language of “Occitan”, was derived from “Esparto” (a plant that was originally burned then braided to make the soles) and from “Espardenya” in Catalan or “Alpargata” in Spanish. For certain, the braided rope soles with hand sewn fabric have endured as in craftsmanship. Today Jute Espadrilles are imported from Spain, France, Italy, Bangladesh and Argentina. Jute soles of broad, world wide appeal, indeed.

The Art Of The Espadrille:  Enduring Craftsmanship
The Art Of The Espadrille: Enduring Craftsmanship

Beyond the origins of peasant footwear, espadrilles have certainly evolved into a fashionable statement of warm weather style. Although traditional espadrilles are worn by both men and women during the warm weather months, it is the modern espadrilles on the feet of the woman that my focus is upon. As for the appeal of these natural jute braided sole shoes in America, it has been attributed to the “Silver Screen’s” 1948 film “Key Largo” starring Lauren Bacall. Bacall, with her ankles ribboned with espadrille ties. Perhaps Bacall created a fashionable stir that has not ceased to appeal. The world of Hollywood would soon embark and stroll upon the streets with soles of jute…and the rest is history.

Key Largo (1948) Directed by John Huston Humphrey Bogart & Lauren Bacall
Key Largo (1948)
Directed by John Huston
Humphrey Bogart &Lauren Bacall
Hollywood Icons & Espadrilles
Hollywood Icons & Espadrilles
Enduring Fashionable Appeal: Jute Espadrilles
Hollywood & Fashion:Enduring Fashionable Appeal in Jute Espadrilles
Enduring Appeal In Fashion:  Jute Espadrilles
Enduring Appeal In Fashion: Jute Espadrilles

In 1970 it was Yves Saint Laurent who brought the espadrille to greater heights with the pairing of his vision for a wedge espadrille. Having met Spanish espadrille manufacturers, Lorenzo & Isabel Castañer, at trade shoe in Paris, the Castañer’s successfully interpreted Yves Saint Laurent’s vision. Alas, fashion’s allure to the stacked jute soled shoe remains. Of course, with fashion, revivals and revisions will always bring the classics back to the forefront. During the 1980’s America again experienced a revival with these jute soled & canvas shoes. No matter the decade, this jute sole shoe will continue a journey of fashionable Summer appeal…

“If Yves Saint Laurent wanted a wedge espadrille, a wedge espradille he would have!”
-Lorenzo Castañer.

Yves Saint Laurent's Iconic 1970's Stacked Espadrille
Yves Saint Laurent’s Iconic 1970’s Stacked Espadrille

And of the stylized high-heeled variations? Fashionable statements of height paired warm weather appeal, for certain. Yet it is the flat soled espadrille that my focus falls upon. Comfort and ease. Lightweight and simple. A warm weather classic

Fashion's Enduring Love Affair:  Espadrilles
Fashion’s Enduring Love Affair: Espadrilles
Claudia Schiffer:  Timeless Summer Appeal In Espadrilles (1994)
Claudia Schiffer: Timeless Summer Appeal In Espadrilles (1994)
Natural & Warm Weather Appeal:  Espadrilles
Natural & Warm Weather Appeal: Espadrilles
Casual Chic With Warm Weather Appeal:  Espadrilles
Casual Chic With Warm Weather Appeal: Espadrilles
Jute Soles & Canvas Uppers:  Summertime Perfection
Jute Soles & Canvas Uppers: Summertime Perfection
Stylish Variations:  Summer's Espadrilles
Stylish Variations: Summer’s Espadrilles
Warm Weather Essentials:  Espadrilles
Warm Weather Essentials: Espadrilles
Breton Striped, Nautical Delight: Summer Espadrilles
Breton Striped, Nautical Delight: Summer Espadrilles
Summer Style Paired With Natural Jute & Canvas:  Espadrilles
Summer Style Paired With Natural Jute & Canvas: Espadrilles
Timeless Black & White:  Summer Espadrille Classics
Timeless Black & White: Summer Espadrille Classics
Espadrilles & The Man:  Enduring Ease
Espadrilles & The Man: Enduring Ease

Of course, a nod to the men that don a pair of espadrilles and to cooler temps with the addition of leather uppers…fashion evolves, always.

Fall Inspiration:  Espadrilles In Autumn
Fall Inspiration: Leather Upper Espadrilles In Autumn

Consider the ease and stylish appeal of the warm weather espadrille. Perhaps they are the perfect carefree & lightweight shoes of natural appeal when the sun soaks upon us. What is for certain is that the jute braided soles of these distinctive shoes is certain to remain an element of fashion paired with ease and breathable comfort. A timeless solution to sultry days. Warm weather appeal, indeed…

Onward,

Kristin

“Selfie”/My Espadrilles: This Summer’s Interpretation Of A Classic
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