12 Jun 2017

Style Notes: The Espadrille


French women love an espadrille.
So do I, especially with a wedge. It is a comfortable way to wear a heel and gain height, especially in the summer when feet are hot and swelling is not unfamiliar.

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.

What I might do is decorate a plain pair myself. Why not? 

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

toni pons wedge  ||  toni pons linen wedge  ||  elia wedge  ||  castaner wedge  ||  mariska wedge  ||  soludos lace-up

flat out

eileen fisher flat  ||  tory burch colorblock  ||  soludos sandal  ||  soludos platform

image emmanuelle alt by frenchystreetstyle.com

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Just like in Paris, here in Southern California the espadrilles is a great favorite, Vicki. I too am not inclined to spend massive amounts on an espadrille, but a good pair is a classic to wear for several summers. I have black and beige leather, and a few fabric ones with a wedge. They look marvelous with rolled jeans, as well as skirts. Vive le espadrille!

Anita Rivera

I need to go out TODAY and find me another pair. They are the best accessory in the summer, and comfortable!


I need a pair of flat espadrilles like those ! Mine are like wearing high heels and I wobble sometimes, all I need is a
broken ankle ! I might have to have an online shopping spree here today :)


I have to watch my back when walking a lot. I chose an online Talbot’s special of brushed gold lame with neutral hemp for my seasonal update. Everyone comments on them and they were on a major sale!! So glad I did it! Vicki LOVE the blog and your beautiful books!!!

Helen Douglas-Irving

Dear Vicki,
Espadrilles are fabulous and they are so comfortable. They are a Summer staple in Australia and I love to purchase mine from Maria from Spanish shop online a tip from a cousin who travelled and worked in Spain. Maybe you might like the variety they have too. I really appreciated the snap of Emmanuelle Alt……oh so chic!
Regards and thankyou,
Helen Douglas-Irving


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