Espadrilles are traditionally made from Spanish rawhide. Today, Espadrilles are made with various materials. In addition to leather, they’re made with canvas, suede, and synthetic materials. Espadrilles originally began as a means of walking in the mountains, but over time their popularity increased. Many celebrities, sports figures, and entertainers wear Espadrilles.
Espadrilles for you are simple, casual shoes made of leather, canvas, or jute fabric. They typically have a leather or canvas upper with a flexible rubber sole and a thick, sturdy canvas or suede bottom. The distinguishing characteristic of espadrilles is its distinctive sole; the uppers differ widely in style, from narrow to broad.
Espadrilles are often made in the typical spring/summer shoe, with a round, oblong, or square toe. In recent years, many Espadrilles have become wider to help with better breathability. They are also available with a “ruebe” (roughened) sole. A “ruebe” (roused) sole provides extra protection for the ankle against moisture and adds a unique aesthetic to the shoe. Some espadrilles also have suede, which adds grip to the outside of the shoe.
There are two common materials used to make Espadrilles. The most commonly seen material is jute fibre, also known as Espadilla. Jute fibre is a natural fibre from the plant coir; it is durable, lightweight, and inexpensive. The other material most frequently used in the making of Espadrilles is calfskin. This waterproof and breathable fabric is woven into a narrow upper, like a rope, and then cut to fit the sole. This type of material is more expensive and may not be available in every store.
Most Espadrilles are manufactured with a flat or slightly convex sole. These soles have a built-in wedge that provides traction on the surface of the sidewalk. The elevations on the soles can be locked to control the height of the heel. Some Espadrilles are made with a semi-curved sole, providing additional ankle and legs protection. The sole of the Espadrilles is also available in some specialty stores for people who have wider or thicker feet.
The materials that were originally used to make Espadrilles have been discovered since the 19th century when Europeans first brought jute from Pakistan. Today, jute is widely grown throughout Pakistan and India and is used as the main raw material for many modern rugs. Jute is an extremely tough, natural fibre that has a coarse texture and coarse single fibres. It has a unique weaving quality and high strength and is ideal for both indoor and outdoor use. Because it is natural and strong, jute soles have the benefit of providing good traction even in wet conditions.