My first memory of espadrilles goes waaaaay back. They were the only shoes my mom wore, day in and day out, when I was little. As I grew older, she stopped wearing them for various reasons, but she'd reminisce fondly about how comfortable they were. Now espadrilles have made a comeback in a big way, and I can't slip into a pair without thinking of her.
Of course, these aren't the bargain flats that my mom would wear non-stop in the 80's. You know the jute-soled shoe has gone high class when Chanel, Marc Jacobs, and Valentino all have their upscale iterations. You won't catch me paying $500 for a pair anytime soon, but I do love the mix of casual sophistation that arises when espadrilles meet slim trousers or a lace skirt.
Get the look of the pricey versions by sticking with subtle, neutral colors and playful yet polished patterns. Lately I've seen soft suede and buttery leather options in addition to classic canvas, and I must say I'm smitten. Whether for strolling city streets or just barbecuing in the backyard, these shoes' mix of exotic and timeless whispers, 'Stick around, summer.' It's no wonder my mom used to love them so!