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Casuals with a rich history

Espadrilles are casual sandals originating from the Pyrenees. They are often made of canvas or cotton fabric, with a sole made of rope or rubber material molded to look like rope, Wikipedia says.

The rope or faux rope sole is the defining characteristic of an espadrille, while the uppers vary widely in style. In French Quebec, though, espadrille is the usual term for running shoes.

The term espadrille is French and derives from espardenya, which comes from espart, the Catalan name for a tough, wiry Mediterranean grass used in making rope. Espadrilles have been made in Catalonia since the 14th century, and some Catalonian shops have been making espadrilles for more than a century.



Traditional espadrilles have a canvas upper with the toe and vamp cut in one piece and are seamed to the rope sole at the sides. Early espadrilles were worn by both men and women.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/ wiki/Espadrilles




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