Here’s something you might not know. The Espadrille originated in the Pyrenees and have been made in Pyrennean Catalonia since 14 th century, with the oldest pair dating back some 4000 years. They’re traditionally made with a canvas or cotton upper and the sole crafted from jute rope is their defining characteristic. Laces would then wrap around the ankle to secure them on. The original shoe was flat, but when Yves Saint Laurent got his hands on a pair in the 70s, his wedge design was to change the course of espadrille history…
You’ll be tested on this next week…
Toni Pons is one of our most popular brands. They produce beautiful, traditionally hand-crafted espadrilles in Spain, and have been going since 1946. They’re passionate about quality and committed to continually developing their design and brand, to keep up with international trends. Each collection is divided into different ‘personalities’ to ensure there is something to offer everyone.
We have a few best sellers here at Golden Boot. Take a look…
Tarbes. Nautical but nice…See what I did there? This is a super sweet summer shoe with a mid-height heel, so ideal for day time walking and romantic picnics. The upper is stripey woven canvas, with bright red straps that line the top of the foot and wrap around the ankle.
They’re elasticated for comfort and security and have that traditional blanket stitch in a matching pillar-box red. Pair these with white jeans and denim jacket, or a pretty summer dress or skirt. If you’re into that vintage thing, then this is the perfect opportunity to sling on a pair of high-waisted cropped trousers and a bardot top. Don’t forget the red lippy. These are available in European sizes 35 to 42 and are made in ecru/navy too.
Next is Sheila. This addition is a YSL dream, with it’s 10cm wedge heel and platform, again, made from natural jute. The upper is suede, the lining is leather and the sling back is adjustable, with the tiniest glimpse of stripe. Being one colour- either beige or navy- these will go with any outfit from day time, into the evening.
They’re relatively lightweight, so are perfect for the almighty holiday packing challenge, and because they’re work so well on casual and formal levels, you should only really need to take the one pair. Who wants just one colour though? Am I right? Sheila is priced at £69.99 which means FREE UK delivery!
Nuria is the girl for me; flat, plain suede, little elasticated sling back. Perfection. Great for walking, running, jumping, climbing, dancing, prancing and all my other favourite things. These are a best seller every year and come in loads of beautiful summery colours AND qualify for FREE UK delivery! What’s not to love about that!
The only downside is, these guys go fast! So get in quick before anyone else does. I wore these with tailored culottes and a stripey shirt for a meeting. Despite being a casual shoe, when worn with a smarter outfit they work really well and are cool and comfortable to stomp about town in.
Another flat soled friend; Ronda. Unlike Nuria, this little lass is no plain Jane. She is, infact, orange and covered in flamingos. So if you’re after something a little more eye-catching, she’s the one for you.
The metallic toe adds another unique touch and being hand-stitched, Ronda truly demonstrates how Toni Pons work with their forward thinking design ideas and age-old craftsmanship coming together as one. For a full, closed shoe she’s super lightweight and easy to wear. Make them into the feature of your outfit, and pick up a pearlised or metallic nail polish to match.
Now all we need is some sunshine!
Words and images: Helen Barton