Buyer's Guide

Our Buyers Guide To Castaner Espadrilles | Size, Care and Styling

From Coco Chanel to Alexa Chung, espadrilles have been the fashion crowd’s summer must-have since forever.  Nonchalant and super versatile, whether you prefer your espadrilles flat or heeled, they’re sure to top off any hot weather outfit with a perfect touch of Mediterranean influence. And no one makes them quite like Castañer the go-to brand for the quality and delicate detailing. Worn by fashion heroes like Yves Saint Laurent and Anna Wintour, we’re obsessed. Giving you all the information you need to help you click to buy, here’s our  Castañer buyer’s guide covering sizing, care and styling. 


#1 What does Castañer mean?

Castañer is the surname of the family behind the brand, launching their shoe business way back in 1927.

#2 What is the origin of Castaner? 

Inspired by their long family history of espadrille makers, Luis Castañer and his cousin Tomàs Serra opened their first workshop in 1927. Originally, the shoes were worn by Spanish servicemen, but by the 60s and 70s the style has picked up an international interest for their design.  

After undergoing a generational shift, Lorenzo Castañer, and his wife Isabel took the brand in a more fashion-focussed direction by adding colour into the designs. They very quickly caught the attention of fashion forerunners such as Yves Saint Laurent, who had been looking for the perfect pair of espadrilles for months and subsequently commissioned them to make him a pair. Soon Castañer had taken the fashion world by storm, becoming the official espadrille maker for labels including Chanel, Tom Ford and Hèrmes among others, a position they still hold today.  

#3 Where are Castaner shoes made? 

Castañer shoes remain true to their Spanish heritage, still being made using the same technique and dedication to Spanish craftsmanship. Their shoes are still handmade in Spain, keeping their traditions alive and well. 

#4 What are Castaner espadrilles made of? 

For their exterior, Castañer espadrilles are made of cotton canvas, making them soft and breathable for comfortable all-day wear. Their heel is made of hand-braided cotton fabric for a hardwearing texture that maintains their signature style.  

Unlike original espadrilles where the sole would be made fully of weaved and braided rope, Castañer espadrilles have a sole made of vulcanised rubber. Vulcanised rubber is a rubber that has been processed to make it more durable while keeping it nice and springy for comfortable walking. It means that your Castañer espadrilles will last while still being soft under the foot, making them perfect for days wandering around a city or long nights. Keeping them looking authentic, the sole is surrounded by the traditional braided rope for that signature espadrilles look. 

Castañer espadrilles also have the added bonus of a toe cap as the braided rope curves up at the front, protecting the front of your shoe from any scuffs or rips to the cotton.  



#5 How do Castañer shoes fit? 

Castañer shoes generally fit true to size so use the chart below to find your perfect fit: 

EU 36 37 38 39 40 41
UK 4 4.5 5.5 6 7 7.5
US/CAN 6 6.5 7.5 8 9 10

As the brand only do full sizes, we recommend rounding up to your closest size. The heeled styles fit quite narrow, so if you have slightly wider feewe’d also recommend rounding up, but they should feel snug as the cotton material will soften. 

#6 How to clean Castañer shoes?

Due to the rope material, be sure to never fully wet your espadrilles. Instead, clean as little as possible and focus on the cotton exterior. Use a brush to get rid of any dust or dirt on the cotton or gentle on the braided rope. When you feel like they need a bigger clean, use lukewarm water mixed with a gentle detergent and handwash the cotton with a sponge. Let them to air-dry and they will be good as new.

#7 How to tie Castañer espadrilles? 

For the Castañer Carina, Craby and Chiara style espadrilles, the shoes are tied with a chic ballet-style ribbon, a feature that’s made them so popular with icons like Alexa Chung. They can be tied however you fancy and changed depending on your outfit. 

Alexa Chung opts to climb the ribbon up her ankle and then tie at the front, crisscrossing the ribbon tight around her ankle then finishing with a bow for ballerina vibes. Alternativelyfor something more understated, you can wrap the ribbons around your ankle and simple tie at the back.  

#8 How to style Castañer shoes 

To give you some outfit inspo to go with your new shoes here are some tips from a few of our style muses. 



Dress up your espadrilles for formal occasions by styling Castañer wedges with a maxi dress like Meghan.



The perfect day-to-night look, we love how Sabina styles her white Castañer with this jewel-toned jumpsuit.



Dressed down and soaking up the vitamin C, we love Jeanne Damas‘ colourful look featuring the Castañer wedges.


Written by Lucy Harbron

Sarah Atkinson

Sarah Atkinson

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