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Alpargatas — the Holiday Fling I Always Go Back To

How the perfect footwear transports me to a cyclical summer idyll

Matthew Clapham
Iberospherical
Published in
6 min readMay 6, 2024

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Shelves in a shoe shop, subdivided into sections, all containing espadrilles in a range of different colours
You can have any colour or size you like. But only one design. (Photo: Eusebio Perdiguero, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

I first went abroad on holiday at the age of ten, to France. Anticipating perpetual heat and sunshine, my mum bought me my first pair of flip-flops as the ideal beachside option. Not something I’d ever worn in gloomy, drizzly…

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Matthew Clapham
Iberospherical

Professional translator by day. Writer of silly and serious stuff by night. Also by day, when I get fed up of tedious translations. Founder of Iberospherical.