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Alpargata; Alpargatas; Espadrilles
  • Typical clothing worn with espadrilles in the [[Andes]]
  • Assembling of a jute sole
  • Traditional Valencian espadrille of llaurador dancer at [[La Mare de Déu de la Salut Festival]] celebrated in [[Algemesí]]
  • War of Africa]], 1859

['?sp?dr?l, ??sp?'dr?l]
¦ noun a light canvas shoe with a plaited fibre sole.
C19: from Fr., from Provencal espardi(l)hos, from espart 'esparto', from L. spartum (see esparto).
Espadrilles (Spanish: alpargatas or esparteñas; Catalan: espardenyes; Basque: espartinak)Josep Escrig I Martínez, Diccionario Valenciano-Castellano, Imprenta de J. Ferrer de Orga (Valencia, 1851), p.



Espadrilles (Spanish: alpargatas or esparteñas; Catalan: espardenyes; Basque: espartinak) are casual, rope-soled, flat but sometimes high-heeled shoes. They usually have a canvas or cotton fabric upper and a flexible sole made of esparto rope. The esparto rope sole is the defining characteristic of an espadrille; the uppers vary widely in style.

Espadrilles are a typical form of summer footwear, with strong historical ties to the regions of Catalonia, Aragon, and the Basque Country. The word derives from the Catalan "espardenya" and refers to esparto grass, a plant indigenous to the south of Spain that is used to make ropes and basketry. Although they are still widely manufactured in Spain, some production has moved to Bangladesh, the world's largest jute producer.

Originally peasant footwear, they were popularised throughout the 20th century by many cultural figures including Picasso, Salvador Dalí and later John F. Kennedy and Yves Saint Laurent.