You’ve probably noticed other people wearing espadrilles, and you might even have a pair of them in your closet without even realizing it. But if you’re not particularly interested in fashion, you’re certainly curious about something: what exactly are espadrilles?

Jute is the material most commonly used to construct modern versions of the classic slippers style known as espadrilles. Jute is a type of vegetable fibre derived from the Corchorus plant, which may be found in places like India and Bangladesh. It is a durable material that may be utilized in the production of ropes, sacks, curtains, as well as, of course, Espadrilles.

What are Espadrilles?

Espadrilles are light jute shoes which is manufactured using jute and plaited fiber sole. Espadrilles are easily identifiable by their signature Jute sole. The design of the jute used on espadrilles can vary from a short rope to a more complex pattern with braids. You can keep the jute in its original brown color or bleach it, so it is white. Jute is often affixed to a rubber or rope sole using glue and stitching as the most frequent attachment methods. You can also find several Jute products in the market, like jute bags. 

Due to the extremely high-quality construction of these slippers, a pair of espadrilles would remain in pristine condition for a significant amount of time. Most espadrilles sold now include a vulcanized rubber reinforcement stitched to the jute sole for added durability.

Archaeologists have discovered jute sandals, and some of them are thought to become as old as 4,000 years old – making them the first environmentally friendly footwear! In Spain, we became aware of this fact at an early age and that the making of espadrilles by hand has evolved into an art form in the subsequent centuries.

In most cases, fertilizers and pesticides are not utilized during the growth of jute. The jute plant can reach maturity in a very short amount of time and may develop normally by using simply the rain that falls naturally; an artificial watering system is not required. Jute is widely recognized as an effective and environmentally friendly renewable fiber source for this very reason.

In conclusion, the jute plant can organically take in CO2 from the atmosphere, releasing oxygen at a far faster rate than other types of trees and adding to the fertility of the soil in preparation for future crop production.