We all know that espadrilles are still a hot shoe trend (you can’t beat them for the comfort factor) with designer brands like Chanel and Valentino making their own versions. But if there’s an espadrille style that you should own, then it has to be a pair from Spanish label Castaner, which was one of the first to bring this humble shoe (they were originally worn by workers in the countryside) to the world of fashion.
The Ava Wedge
Castaner opened their first workshop in 1927 but the brand’s roots go way back to 1776 when the family’s first espadrille maker was born. In the 1930s the family run business outfitted soldiers during the Spanish Civil war but it wasn’t until the early 1970s that espadrilles became a fashion item when Yves Saint Laurent asked Castaner to create a pair of wedges for his collection. Since then Castaner has collaborated with a host of designers but it’s only now that the brand has started to really focus on building its own collection.
For spring they have released a super fun collection of styles for men and women inspired by 1950s swimwear so expect plenty of stripes (even on the soles), contrasting trims and colours, and sailor knot prints. If you are after classics then check out best-selling Carina, which comes in a chic ivory style or the slip on Onda (or Pablo for the men’s version) which comes in colour combinations like navy/black and sand/black.
Interestingly Castaner also has collections for the winter which are worth taking a look at from simple flats to more inventive styles like boots featuring details from their famous jute (woven sole) and leather espadrilles in dark colours.
Get a pair at the newly opened boutique in Hong Kong, or learn more at the Castaner exhibition which runs until the 20 January 2015 at the Atrium, Harbour City, Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong.