Espadrilles from (clockwise from top left): House of Harlow, Diane Von Furstenberg, Madewell, Lanvin, Tory Burch and Castaner.
The reason I have not posted much in the past few weeks is because I was on holiday in Europe (lucky for you I am now back!) I spent some time in Spain, which as you know, is home to stylish and affordable labels such as Adolfo Domínguez, Zara, Mango and Massimo Dutti. However, as a general rule on holiday, I try to avoid stores that are easily accessible in Asia. With clothing ruled out, I turned to shoes, namely espadrilles.
I used to think of espadrilles as a tacky Spanish souvenir (in the same vein as sarongs and Moroccan belts) but I was surprised to see so many local women sporting the flat styles. They are the perfect summer shoe as they are lightweight and are made from canvas and a rope bottom (natural fabrics are a big trend this year, which meant they fit the bill!)
Espadrilles actually originated in Catalonia, and being in Barcelona meant that I had access to the best. My research led me to a famous workshop called Le Manual Alpargatera, which has been around since the 1940s. While they also carry a range of modern styles from other local brands, their best-sellers are still the handmade classic flat styles in a range of colours (Catherine Zeta Jones is apparently a fan!) They were a bargain at under 20 euros but unfortunately none of them suited me so I picked up a few wedge styles. I also headed instead to Castaner which has been around since 1927 and was made famous by Yves Saint Laurent in the 1960s. Needless to say I now have way too many pairs!
So inspired by my recent purchases, here are a some fun wedge styles to add to your wardrobes this summer. Enjoy!
Diane Von Furstenberg Pandora espadrilles: I bought a version just like this but in black. I love the long ties which fasten around your ankle and the pink colour is great for colour blocking.
Lanvin Grosgrain espadrilles: These are the perfect combination of a modern and traditional closed toe style. The grosgrain ribbon is a chic couture touch.
House of Harlow Black Violet espadrille wedges: Perfect for the evening, these are a high fashion version of the espadrille. They have a reptile skin effect which adds texture and makes it super fashionable.
Madewell Smokeswirl espadrilles: Denim is back this season, and I love the fact that this style comes with an elegant tan leather trim for a chic look.
Tory Burch canvas espadrilles: Nautical alert! There’s something about the navy/white combo that I just love.
Castaner Joyce shoes: This is the traditional style I spotted around Barcelona but with more of a heel. I love the red and the slim elongated front is sure to be flattering.
And something for the guys…
Fin’s Finspadrille: Designed by Alexandra Finlay, these are the perfect slip on for men. It will match with shorts of khakis and come in a range of colours too.