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Monday, April 26, 2010

Espadrilles Review and Giveaway {closed}

Congrats to Comment #90, Tracey!


I love shoes but I am not one of those shoe girls. Not by any means. I am such a tshirt and jeans kinda girl. I love flip-flops a ton, in fact, I have over 25 pair! Recently I was doing some online window shopping when I came across Espadrilles. I had never really seen anything like it before and I was instantly intrigued!

Diego, the owner of Espadrilles.ca is from a small village of la Rioja (population 2000) in Spain, where his family has been making these espadrilles for generations. He says "From what we know, the espadrilles have been made in our village for about 700 years." The soles are made of jute in the near by village of Arnedo and they are hand sewn in our village Rio de Alhama by the "abuelas" (grand mothers). The beauty of this ancestral custom is that we bring the soles and fabric to the abuelas homes so they can sew the espadrilles any time and anywhere they want.

What is jute and how is it eco-friendly? Jute is used to make the soles. The use of jute is beneficial for the environment since this natural and renewable fibre is also completely biodegradable and can be used as a fertilizer. This is one of the most environment friendly material as its cultivativation does not require pesticides and its transformation does not require environmentally harmful products unlike cotton, the conventional cultivation of which uses 24% of the pesticides sold in the world and represents only 2.4% of the agricultural area in use. Few materials are as environmentally safe as jute. To learn more, I encourage you to visit the history of Espadrilles part of his page.

Here are a couple of cool pictures from the espadrilles making process including a picture of la Rioja (its so pretty)


How cool is that picture of the jute turning into a sole? I think its pretty pimpin myself. Anyway, how do they look on my feet you ask? Check em out! Yeah, yeah....thats a Dixie Chicks tattoo on my foot. I still like it years later!


How comfortable are these shoes you ask? From the moment I put them on they were like heaven. They are super comfortable and supportive. You won't catch me running a marathon in them or anything (not that I would EVER RUN for fun but hey, you get the picture) but they are definitely for every day wearing. I wear them around the house, around the yard and when I am out and about. They are so cute too. I love the bright colors. They are the perfect size. No wearing in required! Yipee!

I am so honored to be able to offer one pair of Espadrilles to one DSSM winner! You can choose any size and color from the Sewn in White section. Just head over to Espadrilles and tell me which color and size you would like to win. They are true to size so no worries about not fitting your tiny or fat feet (thats me, fat, wide big feet!)

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This contest will end on May 24th at NOON EST. Good Luck! It is open to US and Canadian entrants!


***I was sent a pair of Espadrilles for review purposes. I did not receive any other compensation. The opinions expressed within this post are truthful and I was under no obligation to write a positive review***

178 comments:

Shan_nxoxo said...

I love the brown in size 7

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Anne said...

I love the black sewn in black in size 6

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Renee G said...

I would pick the women's size 8 in black.
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Meredith said...

I love the black in size 8.

Huguette E. said...

I like the Kahki in size 8

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I like sand white, size 8!

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I like the sand white in size 8. seraphou@aol.com

Jess said...

I'd have to go with the fun 'Blue Stripes'! :) (size 9 1/2)

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I like the brown in size 9

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Glogirl said...

I would choose the Sand White Espadrilles in size 6.

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aledol said...

Oh oh they just "popped" @ me-the orange in either mens 12 or woman's 10.5 the lgest I have big wide feet too:):)

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I would like the pistachio in size 9

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I would like the black sewn in in size 8 1/2

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Bunny B said...

I like the Lilac espadrilles
[E14] in size 6
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CaseyCG said...

I would like the Navy Blue or Sand White pair in size 8. Thanks!
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Cindy said...

I'd want Khaki, size 6.

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Khrys { Mom of 3 Dolls } said...

I like the red in 7.

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Jennifer T. said...

I'd get the Khaki espadrilles sewn in white in size 9 1/2.

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Christa said...

I love the Khaki espadrilles size 10 :)
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moushka said...

I like the Brown in size 8.

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Three Graves said...

I would get the Khaki in US 7, love these!

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i like black in 9.5
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Mari said...

They are so cute. I would like Ursula size 8.

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cloud10277 said...

I like the Khaki espadrilles in size 8 1/2.
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katklaw777 said...

I like the brown color in a size 6 or 7. I take a 6.5 so I'd have to measure my foot. thanks.

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LAMusing said...

I'd like brown in size 9.5

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Red in size 9.5
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I would choose brown and I wear a size 10...
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Laureen said...

I would absolutely love to have the brown espadrilles in size 6. I've known about espadrilles for my entire life since my French grandmother always had at least one pair and loved them! Thanks for the chance to win these! I was thrilled to see the cotton is organic too! :)

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Michelle Murphy said...

I'd like a red pair size 10
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Inez said...

I would love to sport those pink ones in size 8. I love their color selection.

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mean green mom said...

Theses are so cute- and what a great review! I have wide feet too- so i love that these would fit me. I need a size 8 and my fave color is the olive green.
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I'd like the sand white in size 8. crazywriter@hotmail.com

susan said...

I'd love the Black espadrilles in size 6.

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I would pick black in size 8 1/2 or
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