Thoughts? The ones on the left are here, and the ones on the right are here. Did you guess right? Which one would you buy?
The espadrille has graduated beyond the simple flat sole and canvas upper. While the traditional style continues to be a fashion mainstay, there is so much more to choose from. I managed to narrow the ridiculous amounts of choices down to six, but I really could have gone crazy here...and no one wants that, right?
Banana Republic checks so many boxes with the Noemie Espadrille (#1): it's a mix of bootie, wedge, sandal and suede that reads very city chic. Plus the color is a great neutral. But really, BR? You call it seaweed? I can't think of a less attractive term for that green.
I love height without straining my poor feet, and I bet I could wear Tory Burch's slides (#2) all day without complaining. The perforated leather is a beautiful ivory with a more subtle nod to Tory's signature double T logo.
Soludos' traditional espadrilles are close to perfection, but I adore their "smoking sipper" (#3) with its signature vamp. This style comes in a ton of variations, and I can't resist the combination of chambray and white embroidery.
Moving away from neutral ground, Steve Madden's perforated faux leather Choppur (#4) comes in a number of colors, and I was drawn to this bright coral. I had a chance to try them on and they're incredibly comfortable, plus the top of the vamp hits exactly the right spot on my arch.
For something feminine, floral and still fun, Gucci's espadrille (#5) is lovely, if a bit pricey. Knowing how hard I am on shoes, this is a no-go for me, but I still drool when I see them.
Want something that's more like regular wedge heel without looking like office attire (but you can still get away with them in the office)? Sam Edelman's Harmony espadrille (#6) has a leather vamp and ankle strap and gets the height going at 3 1/2".
I'm actually wearing a pair of espadrille wedges RIGHT NOW. They're an old pair from the Calypso x Target collabo in a washed blue and green. Yay for warm weather!