Alpargatas: an all-time favorite

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Alpargatas (a.k.a. Espadrilles) are a casual flat shoe that usually have a canvas or cotton fabric upper and a flexible sole made of rope or rubber material moulded to look like rope. The jute rope sole is the defining characteristic of an espadrille; the uppers vary widely in style.

Originally brought to Argentina by Basque immigrants from the Pyrenees mountains, alpargatas quickly spread throughout the farming and rural communities.

These shoes have been worn in Argentina for years and now they became a fashion: alpargatas are a boom in the United States and many European countries. With innovative designs, rubber sole an many colors, they are now marketed as an urban product.

There are several companies that produce them and sell them, even online. Our favorites are:

Have you got yours? Would you buy them?

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