These are sandals with braided jute soles and a fabric upper portion, and often includes fabric laces that tie around the ankle.The term is French and comes from the esparto grass.
They were also worn in Jerusalem during the first century of the Common Era. The leaves of the sisal plant were used to make twine for sandals in South America while the natives of Mexico used the Yucca plant.
The shoes originate in the Catalonian region of Spain as early as the 13th century, and were commonly worn by peasants in the farming communities in the area.
Many medieval shoes were made using the turnshoe method of construction, in which the upper was turned flesh side out, and was lasted onto the sole and joined to the edge by a seam.
Thong sandals were worn by many civilizations and made from a wide variety of materials. While thong sandals were commonly worn, many people in ancient times, such as the Egyptians, Hindus and Greeks, saw little need for footwear, and most of the time, preferred being barefoot.
Ancient Egyptian sandals were made from papyrus and palm leaves. The Egyptians and Hindus made some use of ornamental footwear, such as a soleless sandal known as a "Cleopatra", which did not provide any practical protection for the foot.