ʺ″This collection is very different from anything we have done before,” says Patricia Terre of Espadril’s latest designs for spring/summer 2018. “We found inspiration from the animals in the Tropics for our embroidery and crystal motifs so you will see tigers, a colourful toucan and a fish print.”
It therefore comes as no surprise that Terre and her partner Rizqah Isaacs named the collection ‘Heat’ in homage to the sexy, almost unbearable heat of summer around the world. “The words that spring to mind are ‘sexy’, ‘animalistic’ and ‘hot’, and the woman we had in mind while designing the shoes is confident, wild and care-free.”
The colours and fabrics are quintessentially summer – vintage denim, orange suede, calfskin, raw silk and Espadril’s signature Spanish cotton. For the denim shoes, the duo sourced vintage acid-washed jeans and cut them up so that each pair is one of a kind.
“We used many new elements for the first time and really came out of our comfort zone with this collection. It has been an exciting journey – we hope people can feel the love we have put into it,” says Isaacs.
Even the packaging has received a makeover and every pair of espadrilles now leaves their store (or online store) in a pink Espadril bag. The Heat collection is further packaged in a linen shoe bag.
A pair of Heat shoes will sell for R800 to R950 for the embroidered styles and R1 500 for the Swarovski crystal-embroidered pair.
The Heat collection is available at Espadril’s Cape Town store and at Espadril.co.za
Together with their spring/summer espadrilles, Espadril is launching #EspadrilGirl. “We want to create a community of Espadril lovers while sharing images of them in their espadrilles. We are in essence creating
a “club” where women can inspire one another by showing how they wear and style their espadrilles as a reflection of the Espadril lifestyle.
Create your design online
For the first time, #espadrilGirls can design their own Valenciana espadrilles online by choosing the sole they want, picking a colour and deciding whether they’d like them to be open or closed.
If you’re in a hurry to get yours, visiting the store is still the way to go: pop in, pick your design, go and enjoy lunch, and collect your shoes. It’s as easy and as quick as that!
Plus, if the bright, bold designs of the Heat collection is not your cup of tea, it’s good to know that the neutrals and Meditteranean hues that helped to build Espadril still form the backbone of the brand. The Valenciana range is priced as before, from from R670 to R800 per pair.