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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

An Ode to Espadrilles...



I've been a big fan of espadrilles since my early teens, when I was first introduced to them through one of my then (and still) favourite comic strip characters Gaston (drawn & written by the Belgian cartoonist Franquin) who seemed to eat, sleep, cavort and invent in a pair of these shoes... Since those days I've owned a tidy quantity of these canvas and straw/ rope footwear. I haven't found a place in the region that sells them, so last summer whilst in Andalusia I bought a set in bulk (about six pairs) which I've been wearing & tearing through ever since...

Espadrilles are light, comfortable, cheap and, at least in my opinion, exceedingly stylish. They don't deal well with wetness, but this is a minor consideration whilst in the Gulf region. They are also in many ways better than the locally favoured open-toe sandals as, even though almost equally well ventilated, with espadrilles one doesn't have to worry about sand and small rocks interrupting ones ambulatory pleasures (a common affliction here in sandy Middle-East)... So my approaching trip back to Europe will thus inevitably include getting a top-up set of espadrilles for the upcoming season of academia and practice...

Gaston in action (image from the Metabunker)...

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韋于倫成 said...
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家谷 said...
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Victoria said...

when its a sunny day here in madrid, you should just SEE how the people line up in a queue going around the block to buy these shoes in the tiny shoe shops. i love it.