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Espadrille Sergeant

Espadrilles are casual, summer shoes originating from the Pyrenees Mountains, bordering France and Spain. Instances of the traditional shoe appear as far back as 4,000 years ago. The foot covering was originally made from rope and canvas – it was considered a peasant’s clothing item. They were even being worn around the XIII Century by the King of Aragons’ infantry men!

The biggest volume of espadrilles was sold to mine-workers in northern France. The shoe was particularly popular because the natural soles molded to the user’s foot and were considered very comfortable. An important craftsman during that century was referred to as an alpargatero, espadrille maker.

Espadrille Sargeant via The Walkup
Excerpt from the Dolce & Gabbana 2013 Spring/Summer Ad Campaign.

The term espadrille is French and loosely related to the Catalan word for esparto, a wiry Mediterranean grass used in making rope. Today, many espadrilles are made with braided jute, raffia, twine, straw, hemp and other tough, natural fibers. Have I whet your appetite for shoe history? Enjoy a complete and thorough origin story – here.

Espadrilles became fashionable in the US of A in the 1940’s because of Lauren Bacall’s character in the 1948 movie Key Largo. Audrey Hepburn, Pablo Picasso, Grace Kelly, Ernest Hemingway, John F. Kennedy and Salvador Dali were also known to sport these chic, unisex, summer footwear.

Join the ranks of famous espadrille wearers – choose your own pair, below:

Casual Espadrille Choices for Summer Shoes

(clockwise from top right) Nine West Immunity Espadrille; DIANE von FURSTENBERG Espadrille Platform Wedge Sandals – Origenes; ASOS HIPPY Wedges; Stella McCartney Zebra-printed Espadrille Wedge; Kate Spade New York ‘lucie’ Espadrille Sandal in Cobalt Patent; Enzo Angiolini – Nomas High Platform Wedge Espadrille Sandals; Pierre Hardy Cube Print Espadrille – Red/Black/White; Chloé Platform Espadrille Sandal – Nude.

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Ibiza / Eivissa

Just saying the word is magical, listen to it roll off one’s tongue! Mellifluous perfection! Ibiza, or as the local Catalan speaking natives call it, “Eivissa” is an island in the Mediterranean Sea 79 km off the coast of the city of Valencia in Spain. It is part of the Balearic Island chain. Enough about geography, let me tell you about the culture.

Judith, the blushing bride, and her maid of honor and friend! Can we talk about the coordination of blues, the fascinators, the flowered head chain, and the general sartorial wit in this photo?

Everyone on the island spoke a minimum of three languages – it was a polyglot’s heaven! Signs were written in Spanish, Catalan, English, French, German, and represented a veritable United Nations of cultures. Everyone also dressed like they were about to pose for a Club Monaco or United Colors of Benetton Ad. I also believe that the island would be a meteorologist’s dream, literally s/he would not have to look at a doppler camera, barometer, or radar as the sun is always shining, there are no clouds, and the sky is blue every day. The temperates were also seemingly perfect.

Oh hi! That’s me. This is a picture of the first time I have ever been able to legitimately use a sun parasol. The dress is by Kimchi Blue from Urban Outfitters and called Spin Sugar Dress. It cast beautiful cream colored shadows.

The island’s local brew, Isleña, could be found at every bar!

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