Castañer's line of iconic espadrilles dates back to 1776, but their look continues to be forever timeless. In the mid 60's the foremost designer of the time, Yves Saint Laurent, ordered a high-heeled espadrilles from the brand, a real novelty which had never been produced in all the centuries of the espadrille existence. This was the launching point of the company, as it is today. Suddenly the espadrille changed from a shoe for country folk to a luxury fashion footwear article. Castañer shoes are mostly wrapped in hemp rope as well as these unusual materials: woven straw, rattan and wicker. Castañer has been known to also combine materials such as seersucker or patent leather into their sandals.