In the fourteenth century, the Catalonian Spanish started making shoes for rural workers along the Pyrenees Mountains. They were called espadrilles, and were made inexpensively from canvas and rope.
But the shoe that was once limited to the Spanish poor is now reserved for the trendy consumer. These economical and durable ‘drilles are everywhere – from the cobblestones of Catalonia to the streets of New York – and every nook and cranny in between.
How To Style ‘Em
Espadrilles come in a variety of shapes and sizes – from sandals and lace-up gladiators to flats and wedges. And they can easily dress up or down an outfit depending on the occasion.
So let Spain come to you! Try a pair of wedge espadrilles with a summer dress or skirt. Or to perk up shorts and a t-shirt, grab an espadrille flat with a detailed pattern. Just keep your colors bright and accessories minimal, and you’re lista!
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