Every year there’s one shoe that saves me: the espadrille. And when I say it saves me, I mean in all kinds of ways — like in time and in money, but especially in fashion frustration.
Not only is the jute-bottomed classic about as affordable as it gets, it’s one of those items that really does work with whatever outfit I’ve got going. Breezy spring dress? My high-heeled, ankle-wrap take on the style elevates the entire look, literally and figuratively. Capri jeans and a tee? My flat, stripy pair is just as comfortable as sneakers (well, almost as comfy) but has way more French-girl flair. And it makes sense. After all, women have been strolling France’s streets in espadrilles for 700 years and counting — proof that classics are classics for a reason.
My advice: stock up on three pairs — one with a high heel, one flat, and another that splits the difference — and consider your spring and summer shoe shopping done. Money back if you don’t wear one of the trio with every outfit you own this summer! (Not really — but I am pretty confident you’ll have no regrets.)
Castañer ‘Carina’ Espadrilles
Soludos Knotted Espadrilles
Vince Camuto ‘Leera’ Espadrilles
Treasure & Bond ‘Sannibel’ Espadrilles
Anne Klein ‘Abbey’ Espadrilles
Forever 21 Qupid Espadrilles
Ugg ‘Traci’ Espadrilles
Forever 21 Espadrilles
Michael Michael Kors ‘Fisher’ Espadrilles
Soludos ‘Ciao Bella’ Espadrilles
Soludos Classic Stripe Espadrilles
Steve Madden ‘Mesa’ Espadrilles
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