Since 1946 the classic summer espadrille has been made at Toni Pons factory in Girona, Italy.
Their current process of creating an espadrille is very similar in some ways as it was centuries ago. The traditional espadrille sole is made with jute fibre and if necessary, it's dyed in order to get coloured soles. The jute braids are then made with specialized machines. After that, the sole is hand-crafted on a turntable table to get its original shape. This sole is sewn transversely to reinforce it and finally they add a layer of natural rubber using the vulcanized process.
Espadrilles date as far back as the 13th century and they first began to become fashionable in the 1940s, even Salvador Dali was fond of wearing a pair that laced up his ankles.
Espadrilles became the “it” shoes for leading ladies of the silver screen including Rita Hayworth and Lauren Bacall.
The espadrille trend continued through the 1950’s and into the 60’s, but it was Yves Saint Laurent who decided to create a fresh take on a classic by adding a wedge heel which became an instant success.
Today the espadrille is a must-have in every summer wardrobe loved by everyone from royalty to celebrities.
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