The transition of espadrilles from the field to the catwalk
Espadrilles are called in a diferent way in each country: sandals, esparteña, clog or slippers. The espadrilles have its origin in the Egypt of the pharaohs, where they used this type of shoe because of the high temperatures. Centuries later, in the Argentina Pampas, gauchos used them for their comfort, using them to farming and ranching. The impact of this fresh shoe with great adhesion to all surfaces seduced also Mediterranean countries. In our country, Vidorreta espadrilles rose from Cervera del Rio Alhama in La Rioja, the cradle of espadrille in Spain. Traditionally, espadrilles were a shoe for the working class and peasantry. Even the espadrilles are a symbol of some traditional garments. Yves Saint Laurent was one of the first to create heeled sandals in the late 60s, which was a revolution of this traditional shoe. From him, some luxury fashion brands in the world such as Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Stella McCartney, Hermès, Giorgio Armani and Christian Louboutin included them in their summer collections. All of them managed to combine tradition and style in a esparto wedge sandals and convert them into a chic fashion icon. Glamour icons such as Lauren Bacall, Jacquie Keneddy, Catherine Deneuve, Audrey Hepburn and Greta Garbo wore espadrilles also in their movies, in the decade of the 40s. Bacall wore them in the legendary film "Key Largo". Also, male sex symbols like Humphrey Bogart, President Kennedy and Don Johnson always wore them in summer, also the eccentric Dali. Today, it is common to see espadrilles in style references worldwide. In fact, one of the most desired and memorable snapshots of every summer is the Princess of Asturias with its espadrilles in Palma de Mallorca. Thanks to her, there has been a democratization of esparto shoes in recent years in Spain. No doubt that espadrilles are for summer. We can see streets across the world full of them and even in fashion shows. Espadrilles are modernized and adapted to the current needs and requirements of the asphalt of cities versus their rural origin. In 2013, trends suggest that Vidorreta espadrilles are going to stomp. Do you think that a XII century peasant could imagine espadrilles to become a benchmark in fashion?