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Sunday, March 11, 2012

Espadrilles- The Iconic Summertime Shoe

This summer give up your favorite flip-flops and throw on a pair of Espadrilles. For those of you who don't know what I am talking about, Espadrilles are normally casual flats, but sometimes high heeled shoes originating from the Pyrenees. They usually have a canvas or cotton fabric upper and a flexible sole made of rope. The rope sole is the defining characteristic of an espadrille; the uppers vary widely in style.Espadrilles have been around since the 14th century which is why I like to call them -The Iconic Summertime Shoe. They are comfortable and these casual kicks will make you look effortlessly chic.  In my opinion they are the ultimate summer must haves for both men and women and the best part is that they never go out of fashion! I had a pair of these when I was a little girl and I just bought a pair a couple of months ago and lets just say their cool quotient has only increased over the years.If you want  authentic Spanish Espadrilles I suggest you check out espadrillesetc.com but if you're looking for something different there are loads of espadrille inspired  sandals available. Here are some of my favorite picks for this summer for men and women.


     WOMEN

 River Island Tassel Front Espadrilles from Asos.com
 

Chinese Laundry Heeled Espadrilles from Macy's
 
Apple Print Espadrilles from Asos.com

Flat Lace Espadrilles from Valentino's Spring/Summer 2012 Collection

River Island Crochet Espadrilles from Asos.com

Floral Flatform Espadrilles from Asos.com

Steve Madden's Magestee Sandals from Macy's

Malia Espadrille Flats from Macy's







MEN

Ibiza Red Stripe Canvas Espadrilles from Topman

Mallorca Blue Chukka Espadrilles from Topman

Salvatore Ferragamo Burt Strap Espadrilles from Saks Fifth Avenue

River Island Stripe Espadrilles from Asos.com

White Tenerife Espadrilles from Topman

Chambray Espadrilles from Asos.com

Batchworth Canvas Espadrilles from Ralph Lauren


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