French women love an espadrille.
Emmanuelle Alt, pictured above, has the height to wear the flat-out flat espadrilles; most French women I see on the streets choose a wedge. After their sneakers and ballet flats, the espadrille must be the next most favourite summer shoe of the French woman.
Espadrilles have hit the big time again this year; last year Chanel knocked it out of the park with their two-tone espadrille and this year Gucci and Valentino have brought the espadrille to new adorned levels.
Here’s the thing. The Gucci and Valentino numbers are amazing but I don’t feel like spending so generously on my espadrilles. I am very happy with a classic pair in a neutral or a colour to wear every day. I can have three pairs to one designer pair and therein lays my temptation.
How cute would they look with a badge or even a stitched monogram? I will definitely try something on these.
Last weekend it was hot and sunny in Paris and the espadrilles were walked out in force.
I saw many cropped pants and jeans worn with the espadrille; they looked very cute. The height of the wedge slims the leg; the flat style look wonderful but need a longer piece to really flatter the leg. It’s less dressy in many ways. My impression was that most women liked the extra height the wedge brings when worn with an ankle strap.
The espadrille, like the ballet flat or the sneaker, is one of those styles we can’t really go wrong with. This shoe is a classic for the Mediterranean summer and it seems to me a sure bet in the city.
Here are my woven winners. xv
Style Notes: The Best Espadrille
image emmanuelle alt by frenchystreetstyle.com