Why make it so that the shoe can be worn like an "espadrille"?
Quite simply because on a boat, you repeatedly need to put on and take off your shoes. Manoeuvres, relaxing on board, landing on a beach, walking to get supplies, etc. Basically, we wanted to find a way to get shoes on and off quickly, without using your hands. The heel is made from leather, for a secure fit, but without a heel stiffener so that it "folds down" easily. We are not promising you the unrivalled comfort of espadrille sandals, but a good middle ground instead.