Espadrilles are a type of footwear that has a long and rich history dating back centuries. The exact origin of espadrilles is unclear, but they are believed to have originated in the Pyrenees region of Europe, particularly in Catalonia and the Basque Country.
Espadrilles were traditionally made by hand using natural materials like jute, hemp, and cotton. The defining characteristic of espadrilles is their woven sole, which is made from coiled jute rope. The upper part of the shoe is typically made from canvas or cotton fabric.
In the early days, espadrilles were primarily worn by peasants and workers due to their affordability and comfort. They were practical shoes for people who spent a lot of time outdoors, particularly in agricultural and rural settings.