Originally they came from the Pyrenees mountains, made from humble materials (a canvas upper and hemp sole), the espadrille has been a staple of summer wardrobes for decades. In one of those interesting twists of fashion irony, what was once a simple peasant shoe has evolved into high style (as you’ll see below). For so many of us, a pair of espadrilles signals a changing of the guard. Out with layers and heavy boots, on with light, comfortable footwear. These days, there are so many styles of espadrilles you’ll have your hands full picking just one pair. And perhaps you won’t have to, available in a variety of price points, you might go for a high wedge for outdoor margaritas and a flat pair of lace-ups for farmer’s marketing.
I kind of love the idea of wearing a piece in its original iteration. These are sold by the dozen in Barcelona, just like this. If you can't make it there this summer, there's J.Jill. Boyfriend jeans, boyfriend style button up. Done.
$49 at J.Jill.
If you choose a pattern, be sure to keep the rest of your look relatively simple. This tropical print is bright, and gorgeous. Feel free to wear solid neutrals and use statement jewelry to pull out colors from the sandals.
$50 at JCPenney.
Pretty in Pink
For when your mood veers toward the girly, there's this pair of Ralph Lauren pretties. This shade of pink will look gorge with every skin hue from tan to fair, so feel free to wear these with bare stems.
$69 at Lord and Taylor.
I had to include an example of how low style can reach great heights. This pair of gold metallic lace espadrilles from Valentino is, well, too much. But a girl can dream, and then buy a more reasonable pair she wears day and night.
$695 at Net-a-Porter.
In the Round
For variety, I added this neutral, go-almost-everywhere pair. The color will lengthen legs and the round toe is sweet enough to pair with your shortest shorts. The wedge heel helps with walkability.
$69.95 at AE.
When was the last time you shopped Old Navy? Every so often they've got a true diamond in the rough, case in point, this amazing pair of flat wrap sandals. Made for skirts and dresses, it's an instant way to add style to your basics.
$19.94 at Old Navy.
There's something about the craftiness of crochet that goes perfectly with the telltale hemp/jute-bottomed sole. In this case, I encourage you to go a little bit country with a sweet white dress and side braid.
$19 at Old Navy.
Simply sexy, these are begging to be worn with a mini fit and flare dress and a bold red lip.
$47.52 at ASOS.
The Mini Middle
If you're not sure whether to go high or low, here's a pair that provides a middle road option in every sense of the phrase. Neither cheap nor out-there expensive, neither high heeled nor flat, for all of your indecisive summer days, these can be there for you.
$110 at J.Crew.