Summer Style: The Luxury Leather Espadrille Edit

As one of summer’s best fashion investments, the espadrille is a simple way to add a relaxed and feminine style to your workday or a contemporary twist to your weekend look.

Seven Boot Lane espadrilles

The espadrille is deeply embedded in Spanish culture, therefore remains a central part of our summer collections. From life as a humble slip-on peasant shoe, the style made its way into Hollywood glamour in the 1940’s film, ‘Key Largo’; worn by Lauren Bacall it captured the essence of a romantic era. In the 1970’s Yves Saint Laurent developed the rope sole into a wedge and in the 80’s Sonny Crocket gave it a Tropical vibe in ‘Miami Vice’.

The history of espadrilles. Lauren Bacall and Don Johnson

LEFT: Lauren Bacall as Nora Temple on the set of 'Key Largo', RIGHT: Don Johnson as Sonny Crockett in 'Miami Vice'

The espadrille experts in Spain handcraft our beautiful leather espadrilles using luxurious, natural materials including traditional jute rope. The rope is made from a natural fibre called esparto (a tough Mediterranean grass), then infused with natural rubber, protecting you against the unpredictable elements from the ground up.

The exquisite Spanish leathers lend a modern twist to the traditionally canvas style. Each style in our collection offers something very individual making the espadrille an absolute summer essential; whether you’re looking for something chic to add to a tailored summer outfit or for a summer shoe that will fit easily into your everyday wardrobe, there is an espadrille for everyone.

The fit of our espadrilles is true to size; the width and length will give a little with wear, moulding to your foot and giving you the perfect fit. It’s useful to note that naturally, Suede can be more vulnerable to weather if it is not protected so we always recommend that it should be protected before wear and sprayed periodically to keep it in perfect condition. For any light marks or stains, a natural crepe rubber is the most effective cleaner (free with all suede orders).

Find your perfect espadrille here: https://sevenbootlane.com/collections/espadrilles

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Fashion Revolution Week 24th-30th April | #whomademyclothes

About 60 pairs of hands are involved in making a pair of boots. From conception to hand-finished product.”

This week is Fashion Revolution week and we are supporting their global campaign to change the way clothing is sourced, produced and purchased. A revolution that loves fashion but not at the cost of people or the planet. As a small family business we want to inspire people to think about the fashion and footwear they have in their lives by designing a collection of beautifully considered shoes and boots, each with a story to tell as well as a practical purpose. For customers this means making a choice to buy better quality, less often, knowing where their purchases are from and who has made them.

Components of a boot - Fashion Revolution 2017

Our boots and shoes are all individually handcrafted in a family-run factory in Elche, Spain, an area steeped in shoe history. We are committed to the traditional methods of shoe manufacture to give vibrancy and meaning to our collection. Choosing classic design over passing trends and using the finest materials and traditional methods of pattern-making to create beautiful timeless pieces.

Crafting boots - Fashion Revolution 2017

The world of shoemaking is one that requires great craftsmanship, time and creativity. From the first sketch, to the complex calculations of a hand-carved wooden last and the final polishing and packing stages of the production line. It is all done by skilled hand, every step of the way, for each individual pair of shoes or boots. We spoke to Jose Vicente, the general manager of the factory about why he makes shoes for a living.

José Vincent, general manager of the factory in Elche

How did you get into footwear production?

This is a family business, my father (José Padre) started working in the local cobblers in Elche as a young boy. He is still involved in the production but I have now taken over the general management of the factory.

How many hands is a pair of shoes passed through before it gets to the customer?

About 60 pairs of hands are involved in making a pair of boots. From conception to hand-finished product.

What is your favourite thing about making shoes?

The product development side of the business, we bring new designs to life. A linear sketch becomes a beautiful 3D boot or shoe.

What is it that makes Spanish shoes so special?

 They are handcrafted and made with love!

Describe the town of Elche in 3 words.

Footwear, palm trees and sunshine!

Elche, Spain - Fashion Revolution 2017

Because we know what goes into each pair of shoes we try to make sure that every pair is well looked after all the way along the supply chain. We are always happy to try and get things repaired and rejuvenated or to find a good home for any pairs that come back to us.

We love what we do and aspire to make a difference, no matter how big or small.

Take a look at www.fashionrevolution.org to see what is happening in your local area, or to host your own event.

Join the Fashion Revolution 2017

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