A: Espadrilles are traditional shoes that have been around for thousands of years.
The word is derived from “esparto” which is a type of plant that was originally burned and then braided to make the soles. Nowadays espadrille soles are made using woven jute. The sole, which is 100% natural, molds itself to the shape of the foot, and allows the skin to breathe; making espadrilles a healthy option for footwear. Jute fiber is 100% biodegradable and recyclable and thus environmentally friendly.
Q: Where are Respoke espadrilles made?
A: All Respoke espadrilles are made in our workshops in La Rioja, Spain by multi-generational craftsmen. Every pair is entirely handmade and hand sewn. The La Rioja region is the original birthplace of espadrilles. Through the work of local expert artisans our espadrilles achieve the highest standards of quality and durability.
Q: How are Respoke espadrilles made?
A: The natural rubber sole is hand cut to a specific size. The jute insole is hand wound and formed to the shape of the foot. Next we attach the rubber sole to the woven jute insole. The upper fabric (typically silk, cashmere, linen or cotton) is backed to cotton canvas to provide strength and protection and then cut to specific shapes. The fabric portion is then hand sewn to the sole using jute that has been coated in beeswax. Additional hand stitching is then applied to the toe for added protection and strength.
Q: What are Respoke espadrilles made from?
A: Rubber and jute are the basis for the sole. For the uppers we use designer silk, cashmere, linen, and/or cotton.
Q: Are the fabrics authentic or reproductions?
A: Authentic. We source from major auction houses and dealers around the world. Every scarf or necktie or piece of fabric is authenticated prior to being put into production. Our luxury iconic designer fabrics is what makes Respoke unique.
Q: Are you associated or affiliated with any of the silk designers whose material you have repurposed into the espadrilles?
A: No, we purchase and authenticate silks and other materials and we then transform them for our own unique shoe designs. We are in no way affiliated with any party who originally designed the silk that we use in Respoke espadrilles.
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