Monday, September 18, 2017

Tracing The History of Espadrilles

Espadrilles or espardenyes, the flat rope-soled footwear is one trendy style that we must have in our closet. Dating to the 13th century, they were handmade, using the soles of esparto or other grass rope. From being comfortable regular wear shoes, espadrilles have become fashion essentials today. Be it on wedges or on a pair of high heels, it has become a chic style. Let’s trace the evolution of the espadrille from being just flat espadrilles to designer ones.

Espadrilles came from Spain. The name originated from the word esparto, which means a kind of plant that burned. Then, it’s beaded to make the soles. They were worn around the XIII century by the foot soldiers of the King of Aragon. By the 18th century, the town of Mauleon became the manufacturing centre for espadrilles. In the 1880s, these shoes were worn by mine workers. As they only lasted a few weeks, demand was high. There were about 30 factories in the old viscounty of Soule. By then, manufacturers started to export them to South America.

Made with braided hemp and linen fabric the uppers were of fabric woven from flax. Pitch was used to protect the undersides of the soles. The person who makes espadrille is known as alpargatero. His job was to make the rope soles. The person to sew the fabric and the band was called seamstress.
Espadrille was black, or it was left in its natural coloured fabric. On Sundays people would wear natural coloured one and the darker ones during the weekdays. Both men and women used to wear them. As an easy-to-wear shoe, they were preferred by clergymen, workers and dancers. They soon became the traditional footwear in the Basque country. Over the years, the way dressing style changed in Europe, so is the design of the espadrille.

In the 1950s, espadrilles evolved into classy footwear suitable for any season. During the 1960s, Yves St-Laurent made a particular order of shoes for the festivities in Paris. At the time, he asked for a pair of espadrilles with a heel. Soon the designer espadrilles became a fashion statement. From Hollywood actresses to ramp models, a pair of espadrilles with heels and ribbons that can be tied around their ankles, is a fashion staple in every fashionista’s wardrobe.

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Top 7 Slip-on Shoes for Women

Women have an obsession with slip-on shoes.  Comfortable and stylish slip-on shoes are staples in any woman’s wardrobe. From funky to chic, from casual to elegant, there are endless options available for modern urban women to choose from. Here we have handpicked top 7 handcrafted slip-on shoes for women, which are amazingly comfortable and fully flexible and foldable.

1. Hackney White:

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When Hackney style marries clean cut white with a cool and contemporary silhouette, this pair is born. This pair can pull together any outfit and add an instant elegance. Styled and worn as either a shoe or mule, the collapsible heel enables that all-important, laid back vibe and offers a Hackney cool and urban edge.

2. Wimbledon Blue Velvet with Gems:

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This pair of fashionable slip-on can go with any dress. Its premium velvet and individually handcrafted luxuriously double cushioned insoles provide superior comfort. It is fully flexible, fold up shoes with durable rubber soles and 8mm heel height.

3. Shoreditch Blue Mosaic Flowers:

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If you want to look fabulous in florals then this one is for you. Uber cool Shoreditch slip-ons get a romantic upgrade with a gorgeous mosaic flower pattern. Casually chic and sleek, these folding slip-on loafers, with their white soles, are perfect for the urban Cocoroser and ideal for women on-the-go.

4. Carnaby Mr and Mrs:

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Charlie Chaplin meets Mary Poppins in this pair of slip-on. Inspired by these two iconic English characters, our Mr & Mrs mis-matching loafers are simply super amazing. This can be paired with cut off shorts or jumpsuits.

5. Wimbledon Burgundy Velvet with Gems:

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Burgundy is a timeless hue. Imagine premium velvet in this colour and adorn it with gems. You get a pair of slip-ons that you must have in your shoe rack. You can team it with dresses, shorts, palazzos or jumpsuits alike.

6. Wimbledon Gold Bumblebee:

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Need a little edge to your look? This pair of slip on will do the trick. It pulls together any look and add an instant style. Individually handcrafted, this pair is fully flexible, fold up shoes with durable rubber soles and 8mm heel height. It is gifted with a signature travel purse in black. Its luxuriously double cushioned insoles provide superior comfort.

7. Hackney Gold & Leopard:

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Fusing gold leather and leopard pony hair, these ultra cool slip-ons are the perfect pair of transitional shoes to see you through the seasons. You can wear them with jeans by day, or with a leg-baring dress by night.

So, it’s time to save yourself with painful blisters with these slip-ons, that can go with almost everything under the sun. Now you can roam around the town without any hassles and also throw some attitude. The above range is perfect for on-the-go cutie like you. Be comfy and look chic in these numbers, and we promise that whenever you will look down, a smile will dance on your lips.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Top 7 Women's Loafers - Must Wear Shoes for a Stylish Look

Loafers are among the most comfortable shoes, which both men and women love. For women, the variety of loafers is extensive and they can choose from the innumerable options available. From simple and sophisticated ones to extremely stylish and fun ones, loafers are not only comfortable to wear but can help in making a grand style statement at the same time. Along with general loafers, ladies' designer loafers are also available nowadays. These are exclusively styled and have designs on them with various items.

Mentioned below find some fascinating foldable loafers, which can be included in your wardrobe helping in making great style statement:

1. Wimbledon Rose Gold with Pineapple:

This pair of loafer comes in lovely bright rose gold color. The subtle shimmer on the pair of loafers makes it look really amazing. To add more interest to the shoes, the sequined pineapple appliqué on the front part of the loafer is done. While the main fruit is done in golden colored sequins, the leaves part is done in green colored sequins, making it look realistic. Pineapples are symbols of summer and these loafers are ideal for summer wear.

2. Carnaby Union Jill Black:

This pair of loafer can be clearly categorized under lifestyle loafers. The Union Jill design on the front part of the shoe imparts a style to the footwear. Made with premium PU leather, these foldable loafers are soft and extremely comfortable to wear. The shoe can be adorned with any kind of dress and go great with casual dresses.

3. Clapham Metallic Blue:

The Clapham lifestyle loafers are in vogue currently. And the most amazing part is that bright metallic colors are hot favorite options. Among the different shades, this metallic blue shade needs special mention. Each pair of these shoes is hand-crafted and uses the best quality premium leather for that ultimate soft touch. The insoles are double cushioned and the heels have padding for extra comfort.

4. Islington Bumblebee Gold Shimmer:

If you intend to add some fun elements in your costume, try this amazing pair of loafer. The base color of the shoe is light golden and there are designs of bumblebees all over the shoes. Ideal for school and college going girls and teenagers, such shoes can spice up a boning look instantly. There are 4 bees on each side of the shoe.

5. Royal Ballet Perdita:

This is more of a ballet shoe than a loafer. This black-sequined loafer is a wardrobe essential. The best thing about the shoe is that it can be paired with all kinds of costumes and can be worn for formal, official and casual occasions. These shoes are great for all reasons and all seasons.

6. Farringdon Kissing Lips:

Kissing lips on shoes? Well, this sounds amazingly interesting. This pair of shoe comes in black color base and the lips are done stylishly in red and pink shades. 100% premium leather is used in the making of these loafers. These shoes are extremely fun and fabulous to wear and help in making great style statement.

7. Kensington Graphite:

These loafers are elegant and beautiful and come with textured leather print. The look of the shoe is completed with a grosgrain ribbon trim. The color and pattern of the shoe is such that it can be worn with any kind of outfit. Made in Italy, this pair of leather loafer looks smart and elegant.