Young and older generations alike still flock to this 150 year-old shop producing and selling traditional espadrilles still much loved by fashionable Spaniards.
Located in the central neighbourhood of Malasaña, this historic business is still infused with the aromas of esparto grass, countryside and polished wood. The establishment also maintains the old chairs once used for sewing espadrilles, although today these are mainly used by customers wanting to try on a pair of shoes in comfort. The Casa Crespo factory is in fact older than the shop. Although dedicated mainly to working with esparto grass, all sorts of building materials were once sold here, plus black and white espadrilles made of hemp and esparto grass, for use as work shoes.
At the end of the 1960s, Martín Garbayo and his wife Josefina introduced a wide variety of new espadrille colours and designs, with such success that they can now even count Queen Sofía, artists such as Lucía Bose and athletes like Martín Vázquez among their customers.