They are trusty beach companions and all time summer favorites – the espadrilles. Instead of sweating in your sneakers or slide off in those flip flops, the loafer variation with a closed upper and a flat sole is a very comfy alternative during those warmer days. That is why it’s no big surprise, that the espadrilles are back this season – a little upgrade included.
It seems that those good Spanish folks had a good idea, when they invented the espadrilles in the 13th century. Back then; the shoes were simply made out of jute and canvas. Such as they were popular in the Basque area of Spain; they were members of probably every wardrobe of the people who lived on the beaches in the South of France. This makes it obvious, that one of the most important French fashion designers reinterpreted the shoe tradition some years ago: In the 70s, Yves Saint Laurent brought the espadrilles back to high fashion as a wedge-version. Since then, they have never really left our shoe cabinets. It was just the trend radar, which made us wear them more or less.
The diversity effect
By now, the espadrilles became real classics. However, even though they are timeless, the designs vary depending on the Zeitgeist, which is currently all about individuality. Celebrities like Cara Delevinge, Katy Perry or Jourdan Dunn cut their hair super short, to show that they don’t let society decide on how they should look like. The same movement shows up in fashion: statement shirts like ‘We should all be feminists’ clearly motivate to focus on diversity.
And here you go with these espadrilles, which are statements too. The colorful tassels are simple eye-catchers and they make the whole outfit look more interesting and special. Moreover, the laces make a difference to usual espadrilles and at the same time, the white canvas gives the shoes that smart casualness. Nevertheless, the espadrilles spread some Spanish caliente vibes and make you feel the easygoing mood from the South of France. After all, this is exactly how we should enjoy this summer – loose, happy with a pinch of modern classics.
Photographed by ROMANA HUBER – Blog FOURAWAY
In collaboration with DOSENBACH