For spring ’16, Joseph Altuzarra looked to his father’s Basque heritage for inspiration.
While show notes cited handicrafts and ceramics as reference points, nowhere was that Spanish influence more deeply felt than footwear. After all, nothing could be more representative of the region than espadrilles, sartorially speaking.
But Altuzarra’s were not the nondescript, pancake flat variety meant to be worn one summer, shredded during beach-combing, then discarded. Instead, the designer fused the classic’s signature features — canvas or leather upper, jute sole, ankle wrapping — onto a sophisticated high pump last.