What’s So Great About…Pedro Garcia Shoes

Pedro Garcia is a family-run shoe brand that started in 1925 in Alicante, Spain. Today the third-generation of shoemakers, Pedro (the original Pedro’s grandson) and his sister Mila run the company. Eighty-nine people take part in the process of a Pedro Garcia shoe, ensuring that the wearer receives a finely crafted, thoughtful shoe that exhibits luxury in look and feel.

But what sets a pair of Pedro Garcia shoes apart from the rest is the cork sole.

Cork has many properties that make it attractive. It’s buoyancy, lightness, impermeability, and elasticity are the reasons we use cork with wine bottles. So really to take those features and add them to a shoe is quite  innovative and ingenious.

The cork sole, which is covered by a thin layer of leather, gives you a comfortable feel, the result of the cork fitting to your foot over time and becoming more and more comfortable with each wear. But don’t expect to stretch out your Pedro Garcia shoes. Cork works in such a way that while it will form to your foot is also has the capability to keep its original shape intact.

Sources Pedro Garcia and The Cork Institute of America

Fabric Facts: What’s So Great About Linen?

The official start of summer is about a week away, and with it comes one of the most daunting sartorial tasks: creating cool, comfortable looks that don’t sacrifice style. When the mercury rises, we reach for breezy linen pieces. But what makes linen so great for hot days?

The short answer is that flax, the fiber linen is made from, is a good conductor of heat. This means heat passes through the fabric instead of being held in. Add that to linen’s high air permeability (breezy!) and hygroscopic nature (absorbs moisture without feeling damp), and you have the ultimate summer fabric. Here are a few more reasons to love linen:

  • less environmental impact than cotton (fewer chemicals, seldom requires irrigation)
  • high natural luster
  • naturally resistant to bacteria and fungi
  • naturally odor resistant due to hygroscopic nature
  • strong and abrasion resistant
  • usually machine washable and iron safe

On the downside, linen has poor elasticity and is notorious for wrinkling. We think wrinkles are part of the fabric’s charm, but suggest steering clear of pure linen pants, skirts and dresses if you like a crisp look. However, blending linen with other fibers (like cotton, rayon, or spandex) greatly reduces this problem. So go for pure linen tops and tunics but stick to linen-blend pants, skirts, and dresses.

Image: Old Navy Dress, Juicy Couture Scarf, Vince ShirtClu Top, J. Crew Skirt
Info Source: Kadolph, Sara J. Textile Tenth Edition. Upper Saddle River: Pearson, 2007. Print.