The History of Espadrilles
LOCO is obviously not the first company to make Espadrilles. As a matter of fact, there is long and strong history behind the espadrille sandal, and that is also one of the reasons why we wanted to renew and develop this wonderful product.
How It All Started
The first pair of Espadrilles was created all the way back in the 13th century. Its origins can be traced all the way to the Occitania and Catalonia areas of the Pyrenees on the Spanish and French border. The name ”espadrille” comes from the word esparto, and is a reference to the plant that makes up the iconic sole of the shoe.
Espadrilles were created to be simple and functional
What Are Espadrilles Made of?
The manufacturing process of espadrille shoes is generally more complex than other sandals. The jute soles are the most critical component. The jute twines are first braided, and are then manually formed into the shape of the sole. Then, they’re pressed with heat to form the final shape and completed with stitching with Espadrille needles. The resulting shoe is lightweight, flexible, and perfect for the warm climate of the Pyrenees and active lifestyles of its people.
Hollywood Fashion Trend
After a few more decades, espadrilles began to catch on as a fashion trend rather than a purely functional item. While artists and other famous figures were known for wearing this type of footwear, it was the stars of 1940’s Hollywood that really brought espadrilles into mainstream fashion. The espadrilles was seen on the most glamorous leading ladies of the time like Lauren Bacall and Rita Hayworth.
Today, decades later, just about anything goes when it comes to espadrilles. Whether they are glammed up or understated, there is a style for just about everyone, men and women alike. The espadrille shoes are still functional, still flexible, still trendy, and are simply the perfect shoe for any occasion. Talk about a timeless product!