Making the Espadrille

Making the Espadrille

For nearly fifty years, our espadrilles have exemplified their rich Spanish heritage. The practice of espadrille-making can be traced back to northern Spain in the 13th century, and the shoe has been a staple ever since. Maintaining this tradition is increasingly rare, as it requires much time and skill. We are proud to continue this process today. Inspired by Spain’s past and present, we combine modern fashion with age-old design, creating styles like the much-loved Cici. Creating this distinctive wedge begins like any other espadrille, with natural jute rope.

Jute is the defining element of the espadrille. Jute cord is made up of braided plant fibers, providing both strength and flexibility. Our jute is braided on-site, because we know authentic, rough-spun jute is essential to the comfort and feel of our espadrilles.

Once braided, the jute is ready to be shaped into the famous espadrille sole. Working with the help of a hand-operated spinning table, our team wraps the jute in traditional fashion. Though they go on to be many heights and styles, all our espadrilles come from these simple coils. Cici, for instance, requires the jute to be gradually wrapped further and further from the toe, creating the wedge. Finally, a specialized mold is used to seal the jute and connect a rubber sole.

With the sole completed, it is passed on to our sewing specialists. These talented individuals cut, stitch and sew the uppers for our different shoes. With materials like suede, textiles and leather, the espadrille takes shape. After the final stitch, the shoe is checked for imperfections, ensuring it’s up to the Andre Assous standard.

We’re committed to our tradition of designing authentic, quality espadrilles. At each step, we strive to celebrate the espadrille’s history while creating its future.

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