19 Must-have Espadrilles for Summer 2018
Everyone’s favorite summer leisure-time shoe, the espadrille, was actually first worn in the Middle Ages in Catalonia. Because they were made from espardenya grass (from which the French derived the word espadrilles), found in the Mediterranean, they were considered peasant footwear. The upper was usually made of canvas, because it was cheap, and they had laces to keep them attached to the feet.
Fast-forward some 600 years later, and this peasant footwear is now a quintessential summer shoe — comfortable, easy-to-wear, and made of materials that allow your feet to breathe with more coverage than a sandal. Generally, if it has a sole made or decorated with rope (usually jute), you’re looking at espadrilles, but modern styles vary.
Espadrille wedges, for example, give the appearance of leaner legs without having to endure the pain of balancing in stiletto heels. Another popular style is the flat, closed-toe espadrille, perfect for a day of sailing (as they’re similar to boat shoes) or just walking around exploring. And while most of them still come with a canvas upper, designers are also experimenting with fabrics like leather and suede to give this traditionally casual shoe a more formal look.
Here, we round up the chicest espadrilles that will help you vacation in style (and comfort) this summer.
Soludos Lemon Platform Espadrilles
When life gives you lemons, make a cute print out of them.
To buy: zappos.com, $75
TOMS University Classics
School may be out, but these canvas University Classic espadrilles are a year-round staple.
To buy: zappos.com, $38
Superga 2750 Cotropew Sneakers
UGG Amell Wedges in Canvas
Patricia Green Patti Paisley Wedges
We love the hand-printed paisley on these wedges and the adjustable wraparound ankle-tie straps.
To buy: amazon.com, $112
Tory Burch Colorblock Flats
ASOS Jacklyn Jacquard Espadrilles
We love the pretty floral print of these comfy espadrilles.
To buy: asos.com, $13 (originally $19)
Eric Michael Jillian Wedges in Red
Show off the gorgeous cutout design of the upper by pairing these wedges with a knee-length dress.
To buy: zappos.com, $130
Soludos Cadiz Espadrille Sandal
These tan leather sandals are perfect for exploring cities during the day, but can also be worn with a pair of linen pants and a top for dinner and cocktails.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $119
Vans Authentic Espadrille Platform Sneaker
Stay on trend with these Vans platform sneakers.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $60
Sam Edelman 'Karolyn' Espadrilles
The vibrant beaded embellishments on these espadrilles are what make them the perfect pair to take on your tropical holiday.
To buy: zappos.com, $80
Soludos Leaf Embroidered Loafer Mule
We are completely in love with the gorgeous embroidery of these canvas espadrilles.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $75
Tory Burch 'Max' Espadrille Mule
Looking for a pair of comfy shoes to match your boho outfit? These espadrilles feature a cute mule design and an olive green suede upper.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $80 (originally $198)
Adrianna Papell 'Pamela' Espadrille Wedge Sandal
Who said espadrilles are only good for casual occasions? This metallic pair is so chic (and comfy), you could wear it to a summer wedding.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $80
See by Chloé Leather and denim platform espadrilles
If your feet can’t deal with high heels or wedges, these platform espadrilles are the right choice.
To buy: net-a-porter.com, $235
Vince Camuto 'Kankitta' Sandal
These easy-to-wear, strappy white sandals will become your favorite weekend shoes.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $66 (originally $110)
Soludos Espadrille Slip-On
The tropical-inspired embroidery of these espadrilles will bring island vibes to your everyday life.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $75
Castañer 'Carina' canvas wedge espadrilles
Aquazurra Cosmic Stars embellished leather espadrilles
The unexpected combination of fabrics — luxurious leather and casual jute rope — is a total winner here. Who knew the result could be so chic?
To buy: net-a-porter.com, $357 (originally $595)