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Petit Futé's opinion on ARMAÏTÉ ESPADRILLES

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Mauléon, world capital of the artisanal and today industrial espadrille. Why espadrille in Mauléon (and around) ? It can be said that it was made in the Basque Country as early as the 18th century by hemp and linen craftsmen. Its emergence as an economic and social phenomenon was around 1850. Armaïté takes its name from its 2 founders, Armand and Maïté since 1979. The title of Master Craftsman obtained thanks to their know-how, they transmitted the passion and the method to Pascale (3rd generation). Unique in its realization with jute to make the soles, a guarantee of quality and durability, the 100% cotton canvas and dyed according to the standards and creativity for the shapes and patterns. The workshop opens its doors to you for an exciting tour of the craft; discover the craft of espadrille making and all the steps involved in the creation of a pair of espadrilles: sewn by machine according to the specific Mauléonais know-how and the compensated models are sewn by hand. In the factory shop, you will find the traditional espadrilles (more than 50 colours available), a winter collection - the first woollen espadrille "Euspattak", warm in winter and cool in summer, made in partnership with the Iletegia workshop which uses wool sheared by Basque sheep - and a range of accessories: colourful bags, purses...the fruit of their imagination and creativity. A beautiful address to select during your stay in the Basque Country and Soule.

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Open from Monday to Thursday: 8am/12h and 2pm/6pm, Friday 8am/11h. Guided tour of the workshop by appointment (9 €/pers with 1 pair of espadrilles.), 3 people minimum and sale in the shop directly. Delivery possible (order online on site). Factory price, from 7 € (the pair of plain espadrilles).

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  • Accessible aux fauteuils roulants
  • Accessible aux personnes à mobilité réduite


Armaité specialises in the handcrafted manufacture of espadrilles, near Mauléon in the Basque Country and we are opening a factory shop with the possibility of visiting the company.

ARMAITE is one of the companies that contribute to perpetuating French excellence by bringing this forgotten craft to life. It is registered with the Chamber of Trades and Crafts. Mr Pérez, the creator of the company, obtained the title of master craftsman in 2000.

The manufacture of Mauléon espadrilles is unique in the world: the espadrilles are machine-stitched, which adds three typical Mauléon work stations: the gluing station for the upper, the sole and the assembly.

Pascale PEREIRA, 3rd generation sandal maker, was trained by her father, a master craftsman, himself trained by his father. She in turn passes on this know-how by training each employee herself as no school teaches the sandalier trade.

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