#Nº 05 | OUR ARTESANS
The essence of a Castañer espadrille lies in its timelessness, but above all in its craftsmanship. The manufacture of our espadrilles has hardly changed over 90 years, working in the same way since 1927. Of course we have evolved in the production process, innovated in materials and bet on new technology to bring the excellence of our designs to your feet, but we always keep a history of authenticity in the creation of each espadrille.
The manufacturing process of our icons begins with the skeins of jute to make the soles of all the models, with the elaboration of skeins of this 100% natural material and its subsequent dyeing. From there we carry out the technique of braiding Castañer, unique and handmade, with braiding machines invented in our atelier almost 100 years ago. We continue with the warping, which will give shape to the espadrille, for which we work the sole on a table that serves as a mold for the jute braid.
It is time to sew the sole, with a unique machine created by Tomás Sierra, mechanic and co-founder of the brand. This machine sews the jute braid just as Tomás devised it, and today it is still one of the treasures of our atelier.
The rubber die-cutting and vulcanization process guarantee the quality of our espadrilles so that they will be part of our summers for a long time to come.
The heel pad, in linen and top quality cotton, is a unique detail in our most iconic models, made on antique looms from 1900 full of history.
The last step, the stitching, made by craftsmen with great skill, gives the final touch to our footwear. Most of our models are still sewn by hand, as from the first day.
When we are asked about the key to our success, the answer is always the same: our craftsmen. They are the basis of quality at Castañer and by placing our trust in their skill and knowledge, we reaffirm ourselves as expert shoemakers, with a heritage that makes each of our espadrilles authentic works of art.