Although espadrilles have been around for centuries, possibly even thousands of years, they’re a trend that’s more popular than ever this season. Espadrilles began with a simple design consisting of flat sole made of woven jute rope with a canvas upper and were worn in the thirteenth century by the King of Aragon’s infantry. Eventually, in the 1940s, they began their journey as a fashion staple when they were built for women and given ribbons that tie around the ankle. In the ‘60s, they were created on a heel by iconic designer, Yves Saint Laurent. Currently, there are many types of espadrilles to chose from, ranging from flat to sky-high wedge heels. Here are a few of our favorites for this season and beyond.
Standing close to the original espadrille design, these flats feature a rope-wrapped midsole to give them an authentic feel. The Rocket Dog Acosta boasts a sheer lace upper that adds a delicate feminine flair to any ensemble. For another casual look, slip into the b.o.c Franki with a geometric print fabric upper, which gives extra visual interest to everyday style. Flat espadrilles look great with everything from cuffed boyfriend jeans to simple sundresses or tailored shorts.
On the Wedge
Taking things up a notch, wedge espadrilles are a simple and elegant way to elevate your style. One of our favorites is the Steve Madden Edaya with its double band that crosses the foot in all the right places to reveal just enough skin. If you’re really ready to push the limits, the Fergalicious Vienna wedge boasts a 4-inch heel and strappy upper for sky-high style. We love to pair wedge espadrilles with cropped pants, gauchos or an A-line skirt for a fun, flirty look!
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