by ruby: espadrilles

Our first item, espadrilles, is dear to my heart.

Espadrilles first date back to the year 1322 in Spain. If you people watch in Madrid or another Spanish city, its amazing to see every single woman is wearing them, young girls and old ladies alike. It's truly a part of the culture, and there's nothing more typically Spanish (maybe olive oil).

   
Cher and Princess Diana in espadrilles

I’m half Spanish and spent childhood summers in Madrid & around Spain with my mom and grandparents. I've worn espadrilles for as long as I can remember, and I never feel more myself than when I'm wearing them. For me they're comfort and summer. The feel and smell of espadrilles reminds me of Paradores (castles turned hotels), the Mediterranean, and my grandmother’s (Penelope Casas) homemade tapas.

My grandmother, circa 1970 in a style similar to our Chueca  #OGgirloftheearth

    

Espadrilles were an obvious artisan item for girl of the earth-- and while international brands have attempted them, to me something stays invariable: authentic espadrilles are made in Spain. Shop our imported espadrilles here.

An expert's guide on how to wear & take care of your Spanish espadrilles:

  • avoid wearing them in the rain- their rope and canvas is dense and takes forever to dry
  • tie them by first crossing behind (not in front of) your ankle- they're cuter and more flattering this way
  • knot the ends of each tie so they never unravel
  • when people ask where to get them: "sorry, got them in spain!"

 


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