The Alpargatas is truly a product of the Argentinian lifestyle, an evolution of rope shoes introduced by the Spanish in the 15th century. In the 1850’s there were about 50 families in Buenos Aires producing and living off the construction of their handmade Alpargatas.
Originally, the practical slip on shoe is made of canvas fabric and rope and was developed as an affordable shoe for the rural workers. The mythical gauchos of Argentina popularised the alpargatas, wearing them on and off there horse, wherever they go. The slip-on shoe is appreciated for its comfort and practicality.
The Fagliano’s have revisited the shoe and turned it into a sophisticated item of clothing.