Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Summer footwear trend: Espadrilles/Alpargatas

From the FashionBeans blog you can read about these great shoes called alpargatas/espadrilles. And on our website you can find a variety of styles for any occasion:

Begur model - works great by day, but also for night out on the town with touch of style from the leather strap across the top

Sitges model - the ultimate feel good anywhere shoe

Barcelona model - Sturdy canvas wants to be played in.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Espadrilles for men & women - The origin

The espadrille is a traditional flat shoe designed with a canvas or cloth upper and soles made of rope, rubber or crepe. Shoemakers in the Pyrenees region, between Spain and France, first created the espadrille. By tradition, the espadrille had flat soles made of jute or esparto grass, a plant that produces fine, tough strands.

    A Shoe from Spain

  1. The alpargatero was a medieval shoemaker specializing in making the espardenya shoe in the Pyrenees region of northern Spain. They wove the basic material for the shoe sole from tough esparto grass. The alpargatero singed the esparto strands over a hot fire and then braided them to create the shoe. They coated the bottom of the shoe with pitch. A seamstress completed the job of stitching the uppers, made from woven flax, to the sole. Soldiers from Aragon and Catalaonia wore the tough footwear while on campaign.
  2. The Durable Espardenya

  3. The espardenya was inexpensive to make and very durable. The flexible rope soles allowed the shoe to conform to the shape of the foot, which made them extremely comfortable. Men as well as women wore espardenyas, which were ideal for work and travel over rough countryside and on mountain trails. They were suited for the warm summer months, but provided little warmth during the rest of the year.

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Friday, June 25, 2010

How cute is this!

Amazing, sweet lady enjoying our flat espadrilles. These flat espadrilles are eco-friendly, use a natural anti-bacterial so your feet won't stink and the jute sole keeps your feet dry!
Available in many colors.

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Monday, June 21, 2010

Men Sitges shoes shown by SPURR at NY Fashion week now come in Beige, Navy Blue, Blue/White Stripes, Red, and Solid & Striped mixed.

Penelope Cruz Espadrilles from the movie Volver

Looking for the espadrilles worn by Penelope Cruz in Volver? We got them and rumor has it that they are the most comfortable shoes ever!

myCATS on vacation to New Orleans. Customer sent us this picture.

Summer is here!

Sunshine is out, Summer is here, and we've got your feet covered with wide selection of wedge or flat espadrille shoes for men & women.

Each shoe is eco-friendly and we plant a pair of trees with every purchase.

You Shop, We Plant Trees
  • A person in the US emits 20 tons of carbon per year
  • One tree absorbs 1 ton of carbon over 40 years
  • 20 trees will offset carbon emissions for one whole year
Win-Win with great, comfortable shoes and plant some trees to offset your carbon emissions!

Be bold in red

Happy customer sent us this photo. Using the red Sitges espadrille shoe. Great shoe for summer time comfort! Many colors to choose from...