Friday, April 26, 2013

alpargatas


Before leaving Spain I picked up a pair of espadrilles at my neighborhood alpargatería.  That's where they make espadrilles and other woven items like baskets for your donkey or fishing nets.  In downtown Madrid.  I love that this is still going on in the heart of the city.  And I love that folks will line up for hours (literally) when spring hits, waiting their turn to get their shoes for the summer.  And most of all, I love these alpargatas.

Details...


How many perfect and harmonious shades of neutral can you get in one pair of shoes?  Quite a few, apparently.  And does anything scream "Summer is here!" louder than a new pair of espadrilles?


After a bit of searching online, I honestly haven't found anything that compares to these handmade gems.  I may just have to start exporting them myself...

4 comments:

  1. amazing! i watched a show about how they are made and it's really a beautiful process. i gave a pair i had to my mother because they were brown and u wore them once and thought what was i thinking. i still want a pair but in a prettier colour :)

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  2. Well if you do, I will be the first in line to take a pair from you. They look lovely and your photographs are amazing. You do the espadrilles real justice - you should let them have a copy of the pics so they can see how much you appreciate them. I remember trying on a pair of Castaners a few years back and they were almost there ... just almost. It wasn't the espadrilles - I just have wide feet and there is nothing worse than squished out bits at the sides (not good). Do the laces bother you? That was one thing that I thought I wouldn't get on with. Nowadays, I'm in and out of the house like no ones business and it would drive me mad to be lacing them up just so each time.

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  3. Espadrilles are a summer classic! Beautiful :)

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    xxx

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  4. I live in espadrilles! I regret not making time to pick up a handmade pair when I was in Madrid. Thanks for the gorgeous pics! I agree with Sue, your pictures do make them shine!

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