The Whos Whats And Hows Of Espadrilles

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Last month I got a pair of sandals as a gift for my birthday. Everyone keeps asking me where they can find a pair, but I don’t even know what they’re called. You may be here because someone told you they were wearing espadrilles and you got curious or just want to keep up with this hot summer trend. Either way, let’s talk about espadrilles.

Most likely you’ve seen them somewhere or even own a pair. These shoes come in a variety of style with that characteristic woven rustic exterior. It’s a bit confusing, but please bear with me as I explain. Espadrilles can be in any design ranging from sandals, flatforms, mules, closed shoes or even wedges. Generally, you get them in a beige color, but if you are lucky, you may get them in a partially or all black set. They are a great way to diversify your casual look.

Fun facts about espadrilles

Typically, espadrilles have a fabric top and a bottom covered with a braided rope. Some may have lambskin tops, giving you all sorts of options for a trendy look.

Everyone’s included

They’re made for men and women but in different designs. Men espadrilles are great for going to the beach or for picnics. Basically, they are ideal relaxation shoes.

They go well with everything

You can wear them with a variety of outfits. With all their shapes and forms, your outfit choices with espadrilles are almost endless. You might want to pair espadrille wedges with that bohemian maxi dress, go for it! Try out the sandals with that leather mini skirt. The options are endless.

Built for comfort

Espadrilles have a rustic charm about them. The fact that they are made from natural products like rope and in some cases cotton fabric add to that natural look you’re going for. Don’t be scared to try out the wedge. They are not only trendy but also super comfortable.

Espadrille tip: if you can’t manage the high wedges, why not try the midi wedge? Or better yet the flatforms that still give you that laid back stylish finish.

How to choose the right the pair for you

Whether you want wedges, flatform or flat espadrilles, choosing the right pair to suit you can be tricky. First thing you should think about is location. Where do you plan to go with these shoes? The top can be plain black or patterned. This makes them a different piece to add to your closet. Grab yourself this trendy summer shoe option.

Going shopping

If you don’t own a pair, it may be time to go shoe shopping. Finding the right pair to suit your style might be a little tricky. When the options available at your shoe store don’t impress you or are too single toned, try shopping online. Lily lulu Fashion is a great place to start. You can check out different varieties that are sure to catch your eye.

Boys and espadrilles

You heard me! This item is not exclusive to women. You can grab yourself a pair if you’re looking to give off that chilled out cool dude vibe. Maybe you want something different to wear with your shorts, why not get a nice flashy pair of espadrille flats? They are a great way for guys to diversify their look. Espadrilles have a combined loafer-sneaker effect for guys. You get that semi-formality with maximum comfort. Don’t be scared to add a little espadrille spice to your style; they could be the item that gives you the ultimate wow factor you’ve been looking for.

The weird thing about closed espadrilles

WHY DO THEY FEEL SO SNUG? Don’t be so alarmed. That’s how they feel the first time you put them on. Its not that they aren’t your size; they need to be broken in. There’s a right way and a wrong way to wear closed espadrilles. Here’s a little trick to help you out: stretch them out with a shoe stretcher or paper. Wear them with thin low cut socks for an easy slip on.

If this tight fit is a no, try getting yourself the open toe flat or flatform kind.

Making the day to night transition with espadrilles

Don’t know how you can make that change and still stay stylish? How about trying the semi-casual look for the daytime; then slap on those high wedges for that bonfire beach party. Flats and flatforms are quite comfortable and flexible. You can wear them with your semi-casual outfits and run your errands in comfort and style. Wear these with pants, skirts, dresses, literally everything.

Stylish wedge

Whether you choose the closed or open toe espadrille wedge, they are a great feminine addition to your look. It is only logical to match them with similar feminine pieces. Try wearing natural fabrics that give you that chic bohemian look. These wedges combine with all those cute pieces in your wardrobe to give you a simple yet elegant look.

Number one vacay item

If you’re planning to go on a vibrant summer vacation, don’t forget to carry your espadrilles! They are a great vacation accessory. You can travel to new places in stylish comfort. Choose espadrilles as a good option for an effortless vacation look.

Espadrille No-no’s

Like with most fashion, a little print goes a long way. When wearing the print espadrilles, be careful not to choose items with clashy patterns. Instead of boosting your look, you might end up taking away from it. Try them on with those unusual items in your closet and see how well these two complement each other.

Final thought

These are like the holy grail of summer shoes. They are a fabulous mash-up of comfort and style. While ideal for relaxing, espadrilles can be a great way to spice up your office look. The fact that they pair well with many pieces makes them an ideal item forever wardrobe. Espadrilles are a shoe staple for every wardrobe.

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