The Valls Espadrilles of the Mossos d'Esquadra
These Catalan espadrilles are named after their birth city, Valls, and are traditionally worn by the Catalan police force, the Mossos d'Esquadra, who also come from this city.
- Blue laces on white canvas, soles made from jute and rubber from recycled bicycle tires
- Available sizes from 36 to 45
- We recommend that you choose your regular size
During the Spanish Civil War, there was a shortage of espadrilles in the shops, like most other commodities. Consequently, the Catalan women started making their own vigatanes, crocheting the upper material and using rubber from old car tires for the soles.
In 1964, the espadrille became mandatory within the Spanish Infantry by royal decree. Today still, they are part of the ceremonial uniform of the police force in Catalogne, the Mossos d’Esquadra. The espadrilles then take the colour blue.
In the 70’s, they were considered a thing of the past, poor and obsolete, mostly used by farmers. The Catalan population thought of them as another cultural stereotype, along with the sardana and Barça. However, it was at the very same time that the espadrilles were discovered, adopted and reinterpreted by the fashion industry.
La Manual, atelier founded in 1940 in Barcelona, saw the espadrilles’ real potential and managed to bring them back to the local fashion scene. This atelier is also the historical manufacturer of the famous police espadrilles.
Some devoted fans are Jack Nicholson, Jeanne Moreau, Penélope Cruz, Tyra Banks, Julianne Moore and Raven Symone. Salvador Dalí also used to wear them along with Pope Jean Paul, Oswaldo Guayasamín (perhaps the most eminent master painter and sculptor of Latin America), Queen Silvia of Sweden, Ralph Laurent and Jean-Paul Gaultier.
The typical Barcelona model is hand-made, its sole is composed of braided rope and the upper of hemp cloth. Its ribbons are just as decorative as they are functional, tie them around your ankles and tighten the shoes to your comfort.
Handmade in the workshops of La Manual.
Espadrille in cotton canvas, sole in jute and rubber from recycled bicycle tires.
These Catalan espadrilles are named after their birth city, Valls, and are traditionally worn by the Catalan police force, who also come from this city.
You’ll recognize them thanks to their bright blue color as well as the geometric design of their laces, connecting the tip of the white canvas toe and the heel of the espadrille. The laces are not only used to fasten the shoe at the ankle, but they also allow to tighten or loosen the fit of the espadrille. With their rubber sole made from recycled bicycle tires, sewn to a second sole of braided jute, these espadrilles are particularly solid and all-terrain. At deTOUJOURS, they come in their original colors, royal blue and white, and are made by hand in the traditional workshops of La Manual.
La Policia de la Generalitat de Catalunya - Mossos d'Esquadra, is a police force created in the 18th century and a cornerstone of the Catalan identity. Accused of sedition by Madrid during the referendum on the independence of Catalonia, the Mossos d’Esquadra are highly admired for their loyalty to the Catalan people.
The espadrilles are deeply anchored in the Mediterranean culture, where they have been present for over a thousand years, and offer an antique style to your feet all while being particularly suitable for outdoor life. As heliotropism brought the whole world to the beach from the early 20th century, with the most privileged leading the way, the espadrilles made a comeback. These simple jute sandals suddenly reappeared, on the feet of summer tourists from far-away lands, thus spreading the fashion of the espadrille, originally a symbol of freedom and the avant-garde, minimalist way of living, close to nature, where the body regains its rightful place.
Like in the case of la Guardia de Barcelona, the lace-up espadrille remains a shoe commonly worn by men, in the fields and by the poolside of great hotels. Elegant men at the beach or playing tennis in espadrilles whose laces allow to adjust the shoe, making it a shoe particularly suitable for sports activities and an athletic life.
Their unique comfort, the free and caring home which the espadrilles offer to the feet, the symbol that they are and the meaning that they carry for their birth place, their traditional design and manufacturing make up an object of timeless style and cultural heritage.