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A shoe usually having a fabric upper part and a sole made of a flexible material, often plaited rope. Also called alpargata.
[French, from Provençal espardilho, diminutive of espart, esparto, from Latin spartum; see esparto.]
(Clothing & Fashion) a light shoe with a canvas upper, esp with a braided cord sole
[C19: from French, from Provençal espardilho, diminutive of espart esparto; so called from the use of esparto for the soles of such shoes]
a flat shoe with a cloth upper, a rope sole, and sometimes lacing around the ankle.
[1860–65; < French < Occitan espardilho, diminutive of espart esparto]