Once relegated to Andean peasants, the instantly recognizable espadrille is characterized by a canvas upper, and a rope-detailed sole. Ranging from flat to wedge to platforms, the look is more popular than ever for spring. And peasant has taken a back seat to haute, with some of world’s hottest designers, like Burberry Prorsum, Mulberry, and Ralph Lauren featuring the colorful jute footwear.
“One of my favorites for this spring is Jean-Michel Cabazat’s canvas/metallic espadrilles which are perfect for day or night,” says LA fashion expert Trina Gupta. “As an added bonus, many espadrilles are neutral in color so they go with absolutely anything. Another one I love is Steve Madden’s espadrille in coral suede, which will look amazing against tan skin. Colored espadrilles are a must-have for a mostly neutral wardrobe, and can often be worn as a neutral.”
Gupta pairs luxe metallic styles with wide-legged white linen pants, a blue polka dot shirt and gold jewelry for “the ultimate combination of elegance and playfulness,” whereas more affordable options like Steve Madden’s look “effortlessly chic” paired with light blue skinny jeans and a tee. “Espadrilles are actually very versatile,” she says. “They can be worn with so many different things. In general, they are best with long, flowing dresses, summer skirts and denim or cargo pants. Typically, I’d avoid formal or office wear, although, when worn the right way, they can be a fun counterpoint to menswear-inspired pieces.”