I remember my mum wearing espadrilles back in the ’90s. I even recall her buying them in bulk on a family trip to Spain (or somewhere equally hot) claiming they were the best shoes ever. My mother is cool; she worked in a fashion store, but shoes made of rope? Really? As it happens, like with most things she’s ever told me, she was right.
Once worn by peasant folk in the thirteenth century, the simple espadrille has evolved into designer footwear. Rita Hayworth and Lauren Bacall wore lace-up styles on screen in the 1940s and Yves Saint Laurent created the first wedge espadrille back in 1970 with Spanish manufacturer Castañer. Today this simple creation is more popular than ever.
For SS17 Dolce & Gabbana added pineapple prints, Valentino added studs, while Castañer remains true to its classic style and continues to sell out. MatchesFashion is my go-to for designer names, but these are my 3 top spots for current high street shoe trends…
1. Kurt Geiger
Here you can indulge in designer labels like Burberry, Chloé and DKNY, but their own name brand is impeccable. Heels so comfortable, they feel like slippers (well, almost!) – I wore them on my wedding day. When it comes to this season’s espadrilles they have a look for every personality, from the sophisticate to the sassy.
Around since the nineties, this company knows their feet. Famed for its occasion wear courts and matching totes, it’s also seriously good for trend-led pieces, lasting quality and a must-wear espadrille.
If you’re after something different, Topshop is your place. You love a classic style, but want a twist? Then look no further: striking metallics, knock-out colours and straight-from-the-catwalk designs await.