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Petit Futé's opinion on ARMAÏTÉ ESPADRILLES

Plate millesim 2022

Mauléon, in Soule, is the world capital of handmade espadrille. Why espadrille in Mauléon (and surroundings)? The espadrille was designed and manufactured in the Basque Country from the 18th century onwards by hemp and linen craftsmen, and its emergence as an economic and social phenomenon was around 1850. Armaïté takes its name from its two founders, Armand and Maïté since 1979. Master craftsman title obtained thanks to their know-how, they passed on the passion and the method to Pascale (3rd generation). Unique in its realization with the jute to make the soles, guarantee of quality and durability, the canvas 100 % cotton and dyed according to the standards and the creativity for the forms and reasons. The workshop opens its doors to you for an exciting visit of the artisanal manufacture; discover the trade of espadrille manufacturer and all the stages of the creation of a pair of espadrilles: machine sewn according to the specific know-how of Maulé 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 espadrille made of wool "Euspattak", warm in winter and cool in summer, made in partnership with the Iletegia workshop, which uses the wool from the shearing of sheep in the Basque Country - and a range of accessories: bags, purses, etc., all the result of their imagination and creativity. A beautiful address to select and discover during your stay in the Basque Country and Soule.

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Open Monday to Thursday: 8am/12pm and 2pm/6pm, Friday 8am/11pm (until 6pm in summer). Guided tour of the workshop by appointment (10 €/person with 1 pair of espadrilles, 4 € visit only), sale in the shop directly. Delivery possible (online order on site). Factory price, from 7 € (the pair of plain espadrilles).

Services offered by ARMAÏTÉ ESPADRILLES

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

Message from Management ARMAÏTÉ ESPADRILLES

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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