Whilst the Americans were declaring Independence from Britain, down in sunny Spain the Castañer family were whipping out their first models of their now famous espadrille. Espadrilles, which are known for their hearty cotton canvas uppers and jute rope soles have been produced in the Basque Country for centuries, offering peasants and soldiers durable and affordable footwear. But when a young Frenchman by the name of Yves Saint Laurent stumbled upon Castañer at Paris trade show in the early 1970's, the humble espadrille was transformed into a fashion icon, with its characteristic wedged heel. The brand, which is still family run, has been the go-to resource for fashionable espadrilles ever since. The brand also produces a regular shoe collection and has a simple, but superbly chic selection for men. Featured here the Carina at 105€. CASTANER.COM