Espadrilles are casual, flat, square, but occasionally high-heeled boots with rubber soles. They typically have a cotton or canvas upper, and a stiff flexible sole made entirely of esparto web. The uppers usually range widely in style; the classic Espadrilles are flat to the medium-high leg width and tend to be wider at the top than the heel. High-top are also available, often as a more casual version of the classic Espadrilles. Espadrilles also come in various cuts, including the narrow, pointed Espadrilles and the broader, square Espadrilles.
Traditionally, Espadrilles are made with a simple canvas sole and leather patchwork; however, today’s Espadrilles can be made with synthetic materials, leather uppers, rubber soles and canvas. The most common type of material used in Espadrilles is nylon, although it is sometimes combined with cotton, rayon and other materials. Nylon is a fine, lightweight material that is highly flexible, durable and elastic, and it is very comfortable to wear. The nylon used is woven tight, rather than cut, to ensure that the shoe has a snugly fitted inner lining and feels good when worn.
Because Espadrilles are made from flexible material and because they can be manufactured on a machine, they are machine-made and can be produced in some sizes. Some Espadrilles can fit inside women’s dress shoes, but others must be wider to take up the extra space. It is crucial to choose the right size for your feet; most are sized utilising a “one-inch heel rule”. This means that the entire pair must fit comfortably into the shoe, regardless of your foot shape or size.
Although most are manufactured in Spain, there are now production plants in countries throughout Europe and Asia. Most of the time, fibre is used in the manufacture of the soles of Espadrilles. Fibre is a natural fabric that offers excellent strength, stiffness and moisture resistance, and it is resistant to some chemicals. These combine to make Espadrilles a popular choice in both the sports industry and the fashion industry.
Espadrilles often have reinforced sole units, which are made using natural fibre. These usually consist of a hard plastic outer coating over a soft “bumpkin” layer inside the sole. The outer and internal layers are highly breathable, meaning that excess water and moisture are prevented from getting to the insole. The outer cover also has an evident pattern made from plastic. To prevent the insole from becoming damaged by abrasion, the plastic is bonded to the soles with an epoxy resin.
Closed-toe, or slip-on, espadrilles were initially designed for casual wear. They are made with a highly breathable fabric that leaves them highly comfortable and breathable. These designer espadrilles are especially popular for casual occasions and are much easier to slip on than sneakers. A closed-toe shoe is not the only type of shoe that can be worn open; however, many also have open toes and come in various colours.
The traditional leather laces look great with many and are a safe option for any woman who wants to wear a classic pair of Espadrilles. However, for a bolder statement of style, there are also canvas available. There are two different main styles of canvas: the open-ended version, a zipper that can be closed and worn closed; and the closed-toe version, which has a lace panel at the end of the ankle and can be slipped over the ankle.
No matter what your choice is, wearing will enhance your outfit and make you look fabulous. Espadrilles are suitable for all occasions, although their modern styling makes them suitable for more casual clothing styles. If you choose to wear canvas for a formal occasion, you should ensure that they are bought from a reputable store offering quality products.