La Manual Alpargatera recommends some tips to prolong the life of your espadrilles.
Before following our recommendations, make sure your espadrilles are sewn to the sole and not glued.
We usually only recommend washing flat and single wedge espadrilles. If so, go ahead. Use a short program with cold water. The idea is to spin cycle them several times to get off as much water as possible, speed up drying, and improve conservation.
Normally, espadrilles should be left a bit loose so that when you wash them, they do not become small, as they are made (or all of them or their lining) of cotton, which tends to shrink.
To finish drying them, you can leave them in the open air, avoid the sun, which could dull their color.
If you dry them in the sun, face the soles upwards to protect the canvas from the sun's rays and speed up drying on the sole, as this is where most water accumulates.
In the case of high-heeled espadrilles, you better not take any chances. They are usually two pieces stuck together with glue that, with the detergent and the movement of the washing machine, could soften them and they could come off.
The washing machine is not the best solution for double-soled espadrilles (platforms) for the same reason. We do not recommend it.
How to keep and maintain them?Espadrilles are made of natural plant fibers, for optimal conservation, it is best to use them on dry soils. With water, the sole could become soaked, and, with the weight of the body, it could end up deforming. If this happens, you should wash them and dry them as soon as possible.
Be careful if you do it by hand, it will be challenging to get rid of the excess water because it will take longer to dry, and they could be more exposed to humidity, which could damage them.
Also, as we have already mentioned, we recommend that you spin the espadrilles several times and let them dry in the open air (remember that it is always better in the shade so that the sun does not change the color of the canvas)
The best thing about an espadrille is the comfort it provides. In recent years we have seen a growing demand for insoles and foam to be added to this type of footwear, to feel the soft insoles from the very first moment. However, jute is a material that becomes more comfortable as time goes by, and therefore does not need any accessories if we have a little patience.
Walking barefoot on jute is a bit like walking on beach and sand. Learning to enjoy espadrilles "au naturel," as they are, will help us to benefit more from their advantages.