Espadrilles are casual sandals originating from the South of France. They are often made of canvas or cotton fabric with a sole made of rope or rubber material molded to look like rope. The rope or faux rope sole is the defining characteristic of an espadrille; the uppers vary widely in style. In Quebec French, however, espadrille is the usual term for running shoes.

Modern Espadrilles

The soles of espadrilles may be flat, platform or wedge shaped, and can be made of natural fiber or synthetic fiber rope, or flexible synthetic materials cast to resemble rope. Uppers may be made from nearly any substance, and may have open or closed toes, open or closed backs, and can be slip-on or tied to the ankle with laces. Thousands of varieties of espadrilles can be found, from inexpensive bargain brands to high priced designer brands.

Jute Sole Espadrilles

Being the most popular natural fiber second to cotton, Jute has a great use of making soles of modern espadrilles. Wedged or soles of espadrilles are now mostly made with jute rope/braid and it's very popular because of its eco-friendliness comparing synthetic substances. Natural bright white colors of jute is a major design issue for modern espadrilles.

Bangladesh is the major producer of highest quality jute with best colors in the world thus a good place to find premium quality jute-soles. Manufacturers of Spain, France and Italy prefer to import jute soles from Bangladesh and make their own uppers for espadrille of various styles. Cotheeka Jute Industry is a leading jute sole and espadrille manufacturer in Bangladesh.

Jute soles are typically vulcanized with rubber underneath for long lasting espadrille shoes or crepe soles are used as out-sole sometimes. Heels made of wood or EVA Foam are used inside Jute Braid Soles, typically.

Manufacturing Process of Espadrilles

Espadrilles are manufactured in much longer procedures than other sandals/shoes. The jute soles, in particular, are the most critical part of it to make.

First the jute twines are braided with Braiding Machines. Jute braids are then formed into shapes of shoe sole manually and pressed hydraulically with heat to bring into exact shape of shoe-bases. Thereafter vertical sticthing is performed to complete the basic jute soles. These basic jute soles are then put into vulcanization machines for rubber vulcanization underneath the soles. Thereafter EVA Foam/Wooden heels are placed with glue and more jute braids are wrapped with it to make jute soles. Uppers of different styles are then fabricated on the jute soles to complete espadrilles.

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