Create Your Own Espadrille Flats Online
Create artwork for your feet and design your own pair of espadrille flats. You can now make a fashion statement as you strut down the street thanks to our bespoke online design system. Upload your artwork, designs, illustrations or photography all over the upper of your stylish new shoes. The canvas body is a dream for showing off colors and fine details, and is strong and hardy enough to be worn every day. Our Haverstock canvas has a natural linen look with a unique slub weave. Choose from a black or white finish to complete the look of your shoe. These determine the color of the binding, lining and tape of the espadrilles. Your espadrilles have the choice of a cool cotton inner that is both breathable and moisture-wicking, a soft porcine leather or simply plain jute for the insoles.
Custom Espadrille Flats Handmade
We understand that your personal style is important to you. That is why we offer complete customization of all of our handmade products. Our skilled teams of designers, crafters, technicians, printers, and seamstresses all work together to ensure your espadrilles reflect not only your style, but are also flawlessly crafted and finished. The natural jute base of your new espadrille is made in Spain. You can opt to have this jute line your shoes, use a soft porcine leather or have printed fabric instead. The jute is a naturally durable and hard-wearing material that will give your shoes longevity and a gorgeous rustic finish. Please note, if you opt for the printed sole, the print will fade a little over time due to abrasion.
Style It With
You will love taking to the streets, the beach, or the shops with these stylish flat espadrille shoes. Not only are they super comfortable, but they are custom printed with your designs. The classic espadrille is a shoe that never goes out of fashion, but being able to print them with your artwork takes their style to the next level. A timeless summer staple, you can rock your espadrilles with a whole host of gorgeous looks, whether you are a girl or a guy. For guys, slip yours on with a pair of tailored shorts and a slim fitting t-shirt. Add a fedora and a pair of sunglasses to complete the look. For girls, we love seeing the espadrilles worn with a fun and flippy summer dress. Add a denim jacket in the evenings and don't forget your straw bag.
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The Contrado promise
Our talented team of 70 makers, customer service staff, marketeers, designers, and developers, love to make things in our production facility. It means everything Contrado produces is in-house with experience that dates back to 2003 overseeing and making custom products promising:
- 100% Handmade
All our products are handmade in-house
- Speedy Turnaround
Orders are made and dispatched usually within 1-2 days
- Made to Order
Every order is made to order with no mass production
- High Quality
We use high quality materials to create bespoke products
- Personal Service
In-house customer service offers personal and attentive service
Turn your design talent into business
Create a brand. Create a store. Make a living. Join our vibrant community of online sellers and start earning. Our online marketplace for designers is free to join and allows your designs to reach audiences around the world. Contrado gives you access to our wide range of beautiful, handmade products, all waiting for your prints. We take care of making, printing, shipping and customer service so you can just create.
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Frequently asked questions:
What are these custom womens boots made from?
Your new shoes are made from a hybrid of sustainability and longevity. We use our man made Haverstock canvas to create the body of your espadrilles. This durable fabric has the natural appearance of linen, with the strength and hard-wearing attributes of a synthetic. The inner is made from breathable and moisture-wicking cotton, thus combining the best of both worlds.
What parts of the espadrille flats can I customize?
You have the ability to customize several areas of your funky new espadrilles. First, select the color option; black or white. The black option includes black binding, lining and tape. The white option includes white binding and natural lining and tape. You can then print your designs onto the whole upper of the shoe - this is one piece of fabric. You also have the option of printing the lining.
Are these shoes suitable for men and women?
Yes they are. At Contrado, we love designing clothing for everyone and anyone. As such, some of our styles are unisex. These flat espadrille shoes are no exception. They are available in a wide range of sizes, 35 - 44, so will suit a wide range of feet. Whatever your style and fashion choices are, make them your own by taking the design into your own hands.
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What's the best resolution to print in?
We print at 200dpi, which is a good combination of quality and file weight. Ideally, your image should be scaled to 100% at 200dpi; this means that no resizing of your file occurs, preventing any interpolation. Our design interface will have a quality marker next to the design that you have uploaded, this will change color using a traffic light system and display a message. The message will let you know if the resolution is too low or if you have a good quality image.
How will my image scale?
When you upload your design our system will automatically scale it to fit your chosen fabric dimensions. In the ‘Product Image’ tab, the displayed dimensions under ‘Print Size’ will show the dimensions of the piece of fabric that you are ordering. For image/design dimensions you need to see the ‘Images & Text Tools’ tab. You can see and edit the dimensions of the image under the quality information next to the thumbnail.
Which color model should I choose? RGB or CMYK?
We advise providing images in the RGB color space. Specifically using the sRGB image profile, to achieve best color results. What does this mean? In your editing software, choose RGB as the working space and assign the image profile as sRGB (full name sRGB IEC61966-2.1)
For most of our fabrics there is no limit on the length of the fabric that you can order. We have a preview design window set up to 10 yds max to visualize the print, but that's not a print limit. If you'd like to order more, increase the quantity (x2 for 20 yds or x4 for 40 yds for e.g.) and then you can order as much as you'd like, with a built in automatic volume discount too. The maximum print width of each fabric can be found on the individual fabric pages or in our design interface.
Do I need to incorporate white space within my design if I want a border or some cutting space?
Yes, that might help you! Always incorporate any extra space or borders into your purchased fabric size. We trim squarely around fabric samples and fabric prints, leaving approximately 0.2" white space. Cutting neatly on the line has an additional fee.
What is crocking and why might it occur?
Crocking, which is fading along the creases, often after washing or heavy use, occurs when you digitally print on natural fabrics - more so when dark or dense colors are used. It can be minimized by using a cool hand wash instead of machine washing as the tumbling of the machine is the main cause of this. To avoid entirely, we would advise using a poly fabric.
Why do the colors appear lighter on organic fabrics?
Our organic fabrics do not have any coatings that the non-organic fabrics have. This means the ink absorbs into the fibers, reducing the color strength slightly (by approx. -40%). For super strong colors we recommend a non-organic natural fabric.
Do you print on fabric a customer supplies?
Unfortunately not; we like to test meticulously so that we know what gets the best results on our fabrics, and our facilities cater perfectly to them. We do however print sublimation transfer paper to order, and if you have access to a heat press you can press your own fabrics easily.
Should I save my file as a TIFF or JPEG?
For multi-coloured or very detailed files we recommend using a tiff format, but they must be flattened. For simple colors and low detail files, a jpeg is fine.
What is the situation with material shrinkage?
Just like many fabric printing processes, there is the potential for shrinkage. Depending on the fabric, please expect and allow between 2-8% shrinkage which you need to plan for in your dimensions. This percentage can vary from print run to print run and between fabrics, so we would advise to order a little more material than you require for your project.
Can I print on both sides of the fabric?
We do not offer printing on both sides of the fabric, as a lot of our fabrics are semi-transparent. As the customer, you can consider the effect of printing on both sides one of our fabrics and contact us, and we will get back to you if it's feasible.
Can I order labels in another fabric? Will you cut them like you do with the normal fabric labels?
At the moment no, our labels are all printed on the same satin fabric. We may introduce more in the future, but for now, this is the best choice. The labels are all cut the same way. You can order the fabric of your choice and make the labels yourself, but we do not cut different fabric into label format.
How is your fabric printing eco-friendly?
With environmental consciousness in mind, our fabrics are all printed using completely water-based inks. This means no chemicals or solvents are used. Our heat fixing procedure fixes the colors and prints, avoiding the downsides of steaming, such as excess or contaminated water returning into the waste system. We have one facility where we conduct all the printing, production and fulfillment.
Why are there slight color differences between my orders?
We work at improving our color profiles all the time. Though rare, it may happen that from one print run to another, and there could be slight color differences, this is normal and part of the process when we are constantly improving. It is extremely unlikely that there will be a huge difference (like orange instead of red for example). Please bear in mind such color variations can be intensified from fabric to fabric due to the varying grains and textures of the fabric. This is due to the construction of the materials as well as the print methods that have to be altered slightly for more delicate, natural textiles.
Sizing For Hemming And Shrinkage
We have a full Cut & Sew service here at Contrado, and are able to hem your fabric prints for a small additional charge. We create a small one- or two-fold hem that typically uses 0.2" to 0.75" (5-20mm) of material, depending on the thickness of the fabric. So, for example, if you want a finished piece of fabric that measures 39.37" x 39.37", you will need to order a size of 39.96" x 39.96" to allow for the hem (on top of that please also allow for shrinkage of min 2%). The thicker the fabric, the bigger the hem will be. You can choose to have your prints hemmed with either Black or White thread. On our silk and other light woven fabrics, one hemmed edge will be straight (vertically down the roll) and the other will be slightly rippled. The hemming material allowances are as follows and you need to make your print bigger to accommodate the hem:
- Light Fabrics (0.59oz-2.95oz): For silks and other light fabrics, we use 0.24" - 0.32" / 6mm-8mm in the hem (2 fold), so overall width/height will be minus 0.48"-0.56""/ 12-16mm
- Medium Fabrics (2.98oz-5.90oz): For medium-weight fabrics that fray, we use 0.5 - 0.75" / 15-20mm in the hem (2 fold) so overall width/height will be minus 1.4" - 1.6" / 35-40mm
- Stiff/Heavy/No-fray fabrics: we use 0.5 - 0.75" / 15-20mm in the hem (1 fold) so overall width/height will be minus 1.5" / 35-40mm
All of these measurements are approximate and can vary. Including with shrinkage, it can mean a fairly significant difference to ordered dimensions, so please plan your print accordingly. Depending on how open the weave is, our fabric can shrink anywhere from 2% to 8% with the average being 2.5%.
How Would you Like the Edge?
We have four finishing options for your fabric order:
- As it comes. We cut around your image, leaving a simply scissor cut, perhaps uneven white fabric border.
- Hem with thread. We can hem your fabric with a choice of black or white thread. Please allow 1-2 days additional production time. See below for information on how hemming affects the size of your print. We offer an overlock hem, as well as a folded hem (one or two fold depending on the fabric) however not all fabrics are suited to both hem types. If you can see both options, it means both are suitable, and you will be able to choose whichever you prefer.
- Cut on the line. We will cut neatly on the edge of your design. This means that if you have a border around your design we will cut around that border, if your design takes the whole space of the fabric, then we will neatly cut around the edge of that image. Please be aware, when we cut along the line, we have to cut against the grain of the fabric. This is the standard procedure for fabric cutting. This means that with some fabrics, for example, Georgette and Mulmul, which have a slight wave in them, some fraying will occur. This is unavoidable, as the cut follows the grain of the textile.
All of our fabrics are cut manually by hand, with the utmost care and attention. If your fabric has a slightly uneven look on the edges or a touch of fraying, this does not indicate a flaw in the textile. It is not always possible to achieve a perfectly straight cut with certain fabrics, so please do bare this in mind when it comes to your design. If you have any queries or would like to know about our cutting methods in more detail, please get in touch and we will be more than happy to discuss them with you.
Please note: As we make everything by hand, all sizes may vary slightly.
For further information about our fabrics see our FAQs.