The Lion and the Baroque Espadrille
The Lion and the Baroque Espadrille
The Lion and the Baroque Espadrille

The Lion and the Baroque Espadrille

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Since launching Alighieri, the Leone Medallion, an emblem of strength and courage, has become a core part of our story.

To celebrate our fifth birthday, I worked with NET-A-PORTER to create an exclusive pair of espadrilles, for our Alighieri community to walk with the courage of a lion.

As Dante travels through the underworld, his footsteps are unprecedented, and his travels through the scraggy landscape are fraught with challenges.

Nobody depicted Dante’s journey in the same way as Salvador Dalì did, in his illustrations of the “Divina Commedia”. Always looking to Dalì’s magical work, I began to look more at his singular style. Inspired by the way in which he wore his espadrilles in the French Riviera, in Paris, and on the rocks of Cadaques, we sought out the artisans in Barcelona who used to fabricate Dalì’s very shoes, and convinced them to work with us.

I wanted to create a pair that could be worn all summer, with a lion charm, wrapped around the ankle, like a talisman collected on your travels.

When you retire your espadrille for the summer, you can slide the talismans off the ribbon and add them to your necklace layers in the winter.

The Lion and Baroque Espadrilles is designed to bring you courage on your adventures, with the signature lion, a baroque pearl, mirroring the landscapes of the Inferno, as well as Dalì’s hometown.

Read more about the launch on Vogue.co.uk

At Alighieri, we believe in creating forever heirlooms. These shoes are crafted by our small manufacturer in Barcelona, Spain, using age-old artesanal techniques. The gold element is carved by hand, then cast in bronze and plated in gold a stone's throw from our studio in Hatton Garden. The bronze used in this manufacturing process is fully recycled, with all excess metal going back into the cycle of creating tomorrow's forever piece. Each one is then hand-finished with care and love. Our similarly small and family-run caster has been our partner since the very inception of the brand - every step of our process is driven by human beings and their stories, from Dante to Rosh to our A-team... to you.

Your Alighieri order will be packed by hand, with love, and dispatched within 1-2 working days.

We offer free shipping and returns to our clients in the UK.

Please note, where we offer complimentary shipping,this does not include any applicable duties and import taxes in your destination country. See further information below. We ship with our partners at Fedex, DHL and DPD to ensure your order will arrive quickly, safely and smoothly. If you experience any issues, please do contact our Clients Team (clients@alighieri.co.uk).


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