Classic espadrilles have been made in Catalonia, Spain since the 14th century and traditionally were worn by both women and men. But the casual canvas and jute sandals gained instant fame and skyrocketed in popularity when they were spotted on the infamous Brigitte Bardot, who was photographed wearing a pair on the French Riviera during the 1960s.
Since I am headed to both Spain and France this spring, I definitely need some comfy shoes for sightseeing. And what’s more appropriate than a saucy pair of espadrilles? Rope-trimmed, canvas shoes with a rubber sole – these classics are more comfortable than going barefoot!
Today’s espadrilles have taken the lowly “peasant” footwear to new heights. For spring 2023, cute patterns, ankle straps, and high wedges prevail.
My favorite pair incorporates nautical-inspired blue and white stripes reminiscent of Bardot frolicking in St. Tropez. The Hadley Adorable Striped Espadrilles from Talbots have a low heel (just 4/5”) and a foam footbed for additional comfort. Available in sizes 5 1/2 – 11, these are shoes you will reach for all spring and summer. From beach to barbeque, these are charming when paired with anything from shorts, to cropped pants, to a denim skirt. Talbots Retail: $99.50
Need a slightly more elevated look? I think the ankle strap and classic black uppers of these Kelly & Katie Nessa Espadrille Wedge Sandals from DSW Shoes make them an absolute must-have for warm weather dining al fresco, outdoor concerts, weekend antiquing road trips, or even casual Fridays at work. Available in sizes 6-11, these are a bargain at DSW. My only complaint? I wish they were available in a rainbow of colors so I could buy them all! DSW Retail: $49.99
Those seeking both height and comfort this season will love to hear that a wedge heel has made a major comeback (see The Wedge Returns, The Accessory Special: The Only Spring 2023 Shoe Trends Worth Shopping in VOGUE). One of my favorites? Bold Maisie Lace-Up Espadrille Wedge Sandals, created for Macy’s by Inc. International Concepts. The styling pairs a cute wrapping ankle tie and serious wedge heel for a breezy style boost. Shown in neutral almond, these will work with everything in your closet. Available in sizes 5-12. Macys Retail: $69.50
Finding your perfect pair of espadrilles should prove simple, as every major shoe designer offers his or her take on this classic. My top picks are from several prices ranges, so no matter what your budget is, you can grab this great spring trend! For even more options, visit Marie Claire magazine’s recent piece “The 10 Best Espadrilles for Spring and Summer 2023”
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