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6 things to know about the espadrille

Words by EDGAR

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  1. Traditionally worn by priests, farmers, miners and soldiers, the espadrille started out in the Basque and Catalan regions of Spain.
  2. The name comes from the Catalan word ‘espardenya’, relating to the coarse esparto grass of southern Europe that was used to make the sole of the comfortable shoe.
  3. Archaeologists have found remains of espadrilles in dig sites dating back 4,000 years.
  4. Cheap and easy to make, early versions of the espadrille featured laces that wrapped around the ankle for support.
  5. A major moment for the espadrille came when Yves Saint Laurent showed them in one of his fashion shows in the 1970s.
  6. Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali and JFK all liked wearing the lightweight canvas shoe that is perfect for warm weather and continues to be a footwear stalwart.
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