ESPADRILLES FROM THE BASQUE COUNTRY: UNIQUE ORIGINS
Straddling both France and Spain, the Basque Country is world-renown for its idyllic way of life, its culture, its specialties, and its artisanship, which all form an integral part of its identity. Alongside the legendary Basque Country espadrilles, food lovers can enjoy Bayonne ham, Espelette pepper or Basque cake filled with almond cream. Sports fans can happily devote themselves to the joys of surfing, rugby, and Basque pelota!
Though fashion historians have not yet definitively decided whether espadrilles originate in France or Spain, one thing is certain: the authentic espadrille was born in the fertile Basque Country!
BASQUE ESPADRILLES: ANCESTRAL EXPERTISE
Invented by local artisans, traditional espadrilles first appeared in the 18th century through hemp and linen work. This first incarnation of the genuine Basque espadrille (in a version we would recognize today) was entirely produced and sewn by hand. Linen covered the top of the foot and the sole was made from pleated hemp or jute rope.
From this founding structure, Basques espadrilles gradually benefited from the evolution of artisanal manufacturing techniques and now enjoy a reputation that far exceeds the borders of this tiny corner of Europe. Basque espadrilles have conquered the world!
TRADITIONAL ESPADRILLES: CREATIVE COLLECTIONS AND HIGH-END QUALITY
Authentic espadrilles have to meet a certain number of qualitative criteria (both in terms of materials used and design) as well as satisfying the fashion tastes of a clientele always on the lookout for new styles. French espadrille brand Escadrille has risen to this challenge with panache, offering an array of styles, each more irresistible than the last.
The men’s Ilbarritz style is a Basque espadrille best-seller online and illustrates perfectly the combination of inspired style and high-end quality.