Definition of alpargata in US English:



  • A light canvas shoe with a plaited fiber sole; an espadrille.

    • ‘He modeled his product after the alpargata but used brighter colors and different materials.’
    • ‘The men of Otavalo wear three-quarter length white trousers, white alpargata shoes beneath them, flowing dark ponchos, and hats of differing sizes and colours.’
    • ‘Once Brad Pitt is seen in alpargatas, all Argentines are going to put them on.’
    • ‘Carpet-weaving and manufacture of givehs (canvas covered shoes like the Spanish alpargata in appearance) have long been carried on in the town.’
    • ‘It was fun reading the AP report on one of my favorite gaucho things, alpargatas.’


Early 19th century: from Spanish.