Espadrilles – trend shoes for the summer Espadrilles (espadrij) are shoe favorites for hot summer days. For a long time it was quiet around the popular canvas models that could be seen everywhere in the 80s. But espadrilles have been back in fashion for a long time. The simple slippers – with braided hemp or jute soles – have been celebrating their trend comeback for years in many new versions for women and men. Espadrilles: stylishly braided through the summer The slip-on shoes, which became fashionable in the 80s, originally come from Spain and southern France. True espadrilles – also incorrectly called “espandrilles” – are light summer shoes made of cotton or linen with a sole made of plant fibers (flax, hemp) that exude the unmistakable Mediterranean flair of this classic shoe. Due to their nature, real espadrilles are fair weather shoes and not suitable for wet conditions. But there are new variants: Espadrilles made of leather or suede with a solid sole have found their way into everyday suitability. In addition to classic slip-ons, there are now other types of shoes such as lace-ups, sandals and sandals in an espadrille look. Relatively new is the mix of sneakers and braided espadrilles Espadrilles have never been so trendy The selection of materials, colors and shapes is so varied that espadrilles match virtually any outfit – be it shorts, jeans or summer dresses. In addition to all sorts of monochrome and patterned espadrilles, variants with embroidery, glitter, sequins, bows or ribbons are real eye-catchers. And what about the comfort of espadrilles? Real espadrilles are exceptionally light, airy and breathable because they are mainly made of natural materials. They can therefore also be worn barefoot without the feet sweating. Due to their nature, espadrilles are pure fair-weather shoes. You should not wear classic espadrilles for hours that have neither a firm sole nor a footbed or cushioning. But honestly: who wants to do forced marches in espadrilles? Espadrilles from the provinces to the catwalk Espadrilles have made the leap onto the catwalk and into exclusivity. Luxury brands such as Gucci or Louis Vuitton carry espadrilles similar models with leather shafts and heels in their collections. Names such as Riviera High Society Shoe or Dolce Vita Espadrilles are used for this. Among the most iconic labels, however, are espadrilles from companies that traditionally manufacture Mediterranean shoes by hand. These include Toni Pons, Castaner and Paloma Barceló. André Assous The shoe designer André Assous inspires with extraordinary espadrilles. Born in France, he made a name for himself around the world as the “King of Espadrilles”. In the 1970s, he modernized classic espadrilles with modern elements, creating a new, stylish type of shoe. Paloma Barceló Paloma Barceló shoes are the extravagant interpretations of typical Spanish espadrilles. However, the colorful creations have nothing in common with the popular, light summer shoes from the south. The unusual shoes with the typical Spanish twist are more reminiscent of small works of art that caused a sensation on many catwalks. The roots of the now so successful company go back to the skills of Maniolo Barceló in rope manufacture. He made an exclusive name for himself in the 1960s with handcrafted ropes that served as the basis for espadrilles. Son Manuel continued the long-standing family know-how with the establishment of the Paloma Barceló label in 2002. The fabulous Spanish shoes have their fan base worldwide today, because Paloma Barceló shoes stand for creativity and exquisite craftsmanship. Espadrijl òrginale The Espadrij l’originale label has been making espadrilles in the traditional way since 2010. The company is based in Germany and is manufactured in French and Spanish espadrilles factories, where numerous manufacturing steps are still carried out by hand. In addition to classic espadrilles in solid canvas quality and robust jute soles, new fashionable styles are created every season.