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All About Espadrilles

Espadrilles, the rope sandals that seem to be everywhere from kids to parents, artists to runway models, may seem like the new shoes on the block, but they've actually been around since the 13th century!

Made with jute rope or braided hemp and linen fabric, Espadrilles originally come from Spain, where, the King of Aragon and his infantry men wore them 4000 years ago. The name Espadrille comes from “esparto”, a kind of plant that was originally burned then braided to make the soles.

Traditionally, the shoes were either dyed or left the natural color and mostly worn by men, although as time went by, they began to be adapted by dancers, workers and many other people around the world. In the 1950's, the famous French designer Yves Saint Laurent had them made with a heel and ribbons that tie around the ankles. This started an espadrille revolution! Women everywhere began to clamor for new styles and designs of this easy summery shoe.

Now, with ties or straps, buckles or elastic, or just plain linen, in flats or wedges and in color, patterns or natural colors, espadrilles are here to stay!

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I'm a 12 year old girl with really strict parents! I do chores( even handling BLEACH sometimes) , I take care of my little brother, I'm in top set for all my classes- even on the gifted and talented register and I've only ever had 1 detention- and that was their fault anyway bc I was late( they drive). But, I'm still NEVER allowed out with my friends! My friends are all in top sets as well, are well behaved and all we literally would do is window shopping. I mean, there are my age smoking shisha and doing #####- they should be lucky I'm not a delinquent! But my parents always say I can't hang out. Not because they're worried about my safety, they just dont want me to go out.! Even sleepovers, my parents always say no because they ' haven't met the parents" but they make NO effort to do so. I'm losing out on knowing my friends better and whilst they're all making best friends, at school I'm just the person in the background- the left out friend. It hurts and most of the time I wish I was fostered or something. How can I make them loosen up? ( don't say anything about sneaking out because I chose life)
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Corps
Corps posted in Style:
Thank You Mate :)
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Kirsteeeeen
Kirsteeeeen posted in Friends:
Is there a particular reason or situation causing you to feel this way? I can't provide much advice other than talk to them about it. Communication is important.
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Arenl
Arenl posted in Friends:
He is a jerk, but then what ?? He is your best friend . Maybe you should tell him to sleep for an extra hour. It may be a lack of sleep.
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KittyCheshire
KittyCheshire posted in Friends:
My BFFEL (best friend for eternal life) is being a jerk after we have been friends for a long time. What should I do?
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