Espadrilles have become an integral part of modern fashion around 1948, since Lauren Bacall wore ankle-laced flat espadrilles in the movie Key Largo, starring Humphrey Bogart.
Actress Grace Kelly (later Princess Grazia Patrizia of Monaco) would be linked to the espadrille fashion through the Hitchcock production To Catch a Thief with Cary Grant (1955) and the iconic motion picture High Society (1956) featuring Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra and Louis Armstrong.
In the late 1960s fashion designer Yves St-Laurent approached traditional Spanish espadrille manufacturers with the request to add wedges to the rope soles of the classic espadrilles.
His creation was an instant success in the fashion world and the wedge espadrille is still today an integral part of every female summer wardrobe worldwide.
On this image our most iconic “black sewn white” espadrille as seen on a Montreal catwalk.