The problem with espadrille
Before creating Atelier Aliénor, I never wore espadrilles. Being born in the sunny south, they are part of our culture! I didn't find them flattering on my feet and I was desperately looking for more discreet materials than colored canvas. Not to mention the rope that would hurt the foot...
So for years, I turned to leather sandals. Except that most of the time, sandals are made with a very rigid leather that hurts the foot.
That's why I wanted to reinterpret the famous Basque shoe to create an espadrille that is both comfortable and elegant, arousing envy in a simple glance.
The shape, the choice of materials and colors, while making the promise of an incredible comfort... I had to review all this to make you start the summer on the right foot!
Elevated and elegant
A sophisticated and streamlined espadrille that prioritises style and comfort.
Our espadrilles are embellished with beautiful materials so that you can wear them with jeans or a dress, on vacation or in the city.
A refined French leather
The beauty of leather is essential to enhance the creative vision and the work of the hand. The exceptional leather comes from one of the most famous French tanneries.
It has been tanned with hot oils for 6 generations, which gives it a great suppleness and an incomparable shine. Thus, the leather will not harden with time. It is so thick that it will not stretch but will develop a beautiful patina.
The secret of a product that lasts lies in the choice of materials... and its manufacture.
I only work with natural materials of good quality and controlled origin. The tanneries I work with are labelled Leather Working Group. The label guarantees that their production processes are respectful of the environment and animal welfare.
Our leather is a by-product of the food industry.
«Luxury, is what can be repaired», said Jean-Louis Dumas Hermès.
Since our espadrilles are entirely handmade, they can be repaired if one stitch would untie.
... and to be resoled
The main reason why we get rid of espadrilles is because the sole is too worn-out.
What if we offered them a second life ?
The leather I chose has a very good resistance in time: its thickness allows it not to stretch nor to slouch. Why throw it away when it is in good condition?
I'll be able to resole pour vos espadrilles Atelier Aliénor.
The espadrilles of your life?
A leather insole
I added a leather insole on top of the natural jute outsole: no irritation , and breathable shoes.
A supple, hand-worked leather
To fully enjoy the suppleness of the leather, I work the edges of the straps by hand. They are rounded and sanded before applying a tinted rubber to soften the slices and not to hurt the foot.
Because your health matters to us
The leather of the insole and liner is in direct contact with your skin and contains zero chemicals. It is a leather tanned exclusively with plants (extracts of quebracho, mimosa, chestnut).
It means no risks of allergies or other skin problems.
You're not only wearing a pair of espadrilles...
Together, we protect a precious know-how.
QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE
Warranty & Free Repairs
OUR ESPADRILLES ARE MADE TO LAST
The seams of all of our espadrilles are covered by a 30 day warranty. After 30 days, we offer free repairs of the seams for life.
That’s how much my customers and my creations matter to me.
SHIPPING & EASY RETURNS
Domestic and UE orders are shipped via Colissimo. Shipping for one pair will cost €9 for France and €12 for EU countries.
International orders are shipped via DHL and shipping takes about 3 to 5 business days.
Shipping for one pair is $55.
If you live in the US, no customs will apply for orders below $800 🙂
EASY RETURNS & EXCHANGE
You don't need to go anywhere to return your order. ... And simply give your parcel to the delivery man or leave it in your mailbox.
If you'd like to exchange your espadrilles, please return your pair and place a new order.