07 Nov Shop SA: Espadril
The quintessential summer shoe by Espadril
Summer time is all about effortless, easy going comfort. From the office to weekend brunches, the espadrille is just that… Summer in a shoe. In fact, I don’t think it’s possible for one to wear espadrilles in winter. It’s just wrong.
You actually can’t wrong with a classic flat espadrille because it is versatile and super easy to wear. My black pair from Witchery is proof of this. Since I bought them, I have managed to wear them effortlessly with a pant suit at the office and a maxi dress during the weekend. All because of their simplicity and classic nature.
The espadrille shoe’s name originated in Spain during the 13th century. And it’s name is derived from the word “esparto,” a type of plant that was originally used to the make the soles. This was done by burning the esparto, then braiding it to make the soles of the shoes. Up until the 1970s the espadrille always came in the format of a flat, rope-soled shoe that either came in cream or black. This was until Yves Saint Laurent put the espadrille on a wedge and elevated it to a summer fashion staple.
Mediterranean authenticity meets African flair
Espadril is a South African brand created by South African Rizqah Isaacs and Spanish Patricia Terre. These authentic Spanish espadrilles entirely by hand in Cape Town. “Each pair is stitched according to centuries-old traditional methods and given ‘african flavour’ with interesting designs and beautiful fabrics.”
Espadril and Superbalist have collaborated on a capsule collection available exclusively on Superbalist.com. These vibrant espadrilles are the epitome of summer time happy feet. I was lucky enough to get my hands on the Mera espadrilles I am wearing in this post. A quirky pair of cream white espadrilles with red and blue pom poms, gold coin embellishments and black bold stitching. So novel and adorable.
Hair by Candi & Co Salon
Photography by Leslie Nteta