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History of the Espadrille

Did you know the Espadrille name derives from ‘esparto’, the species of plant that was braided to create its iconic sole?

They were also originally crafted in the Occitania and Catalonia regions of France and Spain as an easy-to-wear utility shoe.

So where does the style come from?

Designed using canvas with a jute rope sole, they became increasingly popular in the warm weather due to their flexible sole and lightweight feel. They’re also unisex, and have in the past been worn not only by the King of Aragon’s infantry in the thirteenth century but also by mine workers and priests.

The shoe became synonymous with the Catalan national dance, Sardana, where dancers wore espadrilles with ribbon ties around the shin, known as ‘Espardenya’.

History of Espadrilles


Espadrille History

When was the big break?

The espadrille skyrocketed to fame in the 1940s following their silver screen appearances in films such as ‘The Lady From Shanghai’ & ‘Key Largo’.
In the 1970s, fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent commissioned the first ever wedge espadrille and the style became an instant hit!

2019 Espadrille style

As you’ll have gathered from browsing our site (if you haven’t yet, make sure you do after reading this blog!) you’ll have seen that today in 2019 there’s now a variety of Espadrille styles to choose from. Don’t worry, we still have the classic style, as well as mule versions (very 2019!), and low, mid and high heel versions, which each come in a variety of colours and variations.

I know we may be biased, but with a history like this, we definitely think the espadrille should be your summer staple.



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Trustpilot Reviews

Fantastic quality, excellent service

Fantastic quality espadrilles and sandals. Great selection - I have several pairs now! Customer service is faultless with prompt delivery. Happy customer :-)


I would definitely recomment this company

I would definitely recommend this company. I ordered Sunday afternoon and they were delivered on Tuesday. I chose the mid heel height, the shoes are so comfy and the leather is so soft.

Cheryl Bertoni

Espadrille a customer oriented business

Espadrille wedges are very comfortable and great that they come in three heel heights, including a size 42 which accommodated my long toes! Chris was super helpful at helping me get the right size and has established a customer oriented family business. Would buy from them again.

Valerie Dickson

I cannot say enough

I cannot say enough about both the product and the service I received. I initially had some trouble with the online payment facility and after e-mailing Chris, I received a phone call immediately from him to sort it out. This is clearly a very proudly owner-run business that goes the extra mile to deliver a fantastic product and outstanding customer service. Highly recommend!

Jenna Cavanagh

OMG these are special !

Shoes are exceptionally made with good attention to detail. They feel and look really special not what you get from the average store bought. I went for low wedge and ankle ties which I thought would be best for comfort but still had that very feminine (sexy) look. When I lifted shoes from box I thought they felt heavy but when I laced up the ties the shoes felt light, but secure, on feet. Can’t wait for warmer weather to show them off. Plan to give white trainers a miss for a while snd wear with my midi dresses

Ali Bell

3rd season with espradrille and I bought 4 pairs of espradrilles!!!

The website is easy to navigate. The parcel arrived at my house, two days after I placed the order, and I live in Switzerland, wow, efficient. In terms of fit I am a 39/40 and ordered the 39, they fit perfectly. This is the third season I have bought my shoes from them. This time I spoiled myself and bought four pairs. Very happy with espadrille...roll on summer.

Tiffany Brenn

Superb shoes and Service

Superb quality shoes and arrived promptly, perfectly packaged, after my order was placed. Can’t wait for warmer weather to wear my Espadrilles

Michelle Wilde

Except quality

Except quality, true to size and lots of colours to choose from. I find these espadrilles to be very comfortable. Owner of the company is very helpful and as a result I have purchased 4 pairs over the last few months.


The low wedge espadrille

The low wedge espadrille is stylish,pretty, comfortable and beautifully made. Worth every penny. I have several pairs in different colours and I just love them.

Caroline Wilkinson

Excellent Service

Fast delivery and very fast refund.Was impressed.Product was beautiful just sadly not suitable for my feet.However l would not hesitate to buy from here again.


Absolutely love them beautifully made…

Absolutely love them beautifully made feels like walking on air, will definitely have a collection of these this summer

Victoria Newland