‘Tis the season of the espadrille! With acutely-modern metallic leather Guccis and pompom-accented Aquazzuras, it’s easy to forget just how long this shoe has been around. The style dates back 4,000 years. Some of its best iterations come from the Catalan Pyrenees (between Spain and France) and Occitania, where the footwear has been made since the 14th century. While the term “espadrille” is French, it has roots in the Catalan language, deriving its meaning from espart, a tough Mediterranean grass used to make rope. Clearly, today’s designers have a rich history to draw upon, and they’ve immersed themselves in it to create some of the most gorgeous espadrilles yet. Whether you like yours embroidered or crafted from classic canvas, flat or towering, inexpensive or investment-worthy, there’s no shortage of shoes to pick up for summer!
Aquazzura Palm Beach Embroidered Wedge Espadrilles: Influenced by the local folklore of South America and embroidered with an Aztec pattern, this pair is just right for the Shoe Snob who isn’t satisfied with simple designs. On NET-A-PORTER for $675.
Giuseppe Zanotti Embellished Suede Espadrilles: More Aztec inspiration in the form of colorful studs and mirrored embellishments. On Net-A-PORTER for $650.
Paul Andrew Rhea Suede Espadrilles: Pointed toes and ankle straps give these a ladylike feel. On NET-A-PORTER for $395.
Saint Laurent Star-Appliquéd Leather Espadrilles: Perfect for moonlit walks on the sand when the stars are out. On NET-A-PORTER for $495.
Christian Louboutin Dehia 160 Canvas Wedge Espadrilles: Many people think of espadrilles as comfy beach shoes, but throw six and a half inches underneath and they can quickly become more formal. On NET-A-PORTER for $695.
Gucci Metallic Leather and Satin Espadrille Wedge Sandals: Find your inner ballerina with these elegant satin laces. On NET-A-PORTER for $650.
Soludos Dali Espadrilles: The easy espadrille everyone needs in their closets. On Shopbop for $42.