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After Van Dongen | Espadrille


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Product Description

This pair of MULO shoes features iconic fashion photographer Norman Parkinson’s ‘After Van Dongen’. It is part of a limited edition collection in partnership with the Norman Parkinson Archive.

‘After Van Dongen’ featuring Adele Collins was inspired by the 1919 painting ‘The Corn Poppy’ by Dutch artist Kees Van Dongen. The image first appeared in a 1959 edition of British Vogue (with eyes looking towards the camera), and is currently in the ‘Vogue 100: A Century of Style’ exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery (NPG), London. A second version (with eyes looking away) was selected for Parkinson’s 1981 retrospective exhibition at the NPG.

Both photographs are featured on the shoes. Printed on leather, we worked with the finest printers in London to replicate the images with the utmost integrity.


Made on an Oxford last, each pair of MULO espadrilles is crafted by hand using premium materials. Gone is the rope sole, instead there is a leather footbed with cushioned arch support. The linen braid trim is a nod to the simple elegance of the espadrille. The textured rubber-crepe soles add traction with every step, making the slip-on ideal for both sandy beaches and city streets.


From the engineering of our shoes, to the sourcing and selection of materials, to where, how and with whom we make them, we care about each and every detail.

MULO shoes are entirely handmade in Portugal. We work with a family run factory who share our values and take pride in their craft. It takes 100+ steps to make our shoe, from cutting and stitching to lasting.

We use an Oxford last to inform the shape and look. The shoes are constructed for maximum flexibility whilst retaining form, to provide superior comfort.

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We wanted the shoes to wear and feel like a loafer so we experimented until we found the perfect cushioned insole and lined it with vegetable tanned leather. The arch area is cushioned and perforated for breathability.


Our shoes are weatherproofed with a Scotch Guard treatment. For any marks or stains please follow these guidelines :

Cotton, Linen and Denim : Brush off any dirt and sponge down with cold water.

Suede : Use a suede brush on dry shoes to lightly brush away dust, dirt, marks or scuffs. For tough marks and stains use a suede block.

Nubuck : Use a nubuck brush that has both wire and either nylon or rubber bristles. To fix the shininess and restore that brand-new matte look, brush the shoe with the wire bristles, and then more lightly with the nylon or rubber bristles. The wire bristles can also be used for harder stains or ground-in dirt.

Leather : Use luke-warm water and washing up liquid and clean in the direction of the leather grain with a sponge.

Braid : Brush off any dirt and sponge down with lukewarm water.