From the moment Audrey Hepburn, as Princess Ann, kicks off her high heels in favor of flat espadrilles in the 1953 classic Roman Holiday, the shoes instantly take on an aura of effortless chic. Clearly, espadrilles are not a new trend; the shoes have basked in the sartorial spotlight since the 14th century, when they were reportedly first made in the Pyrenees! Screen siren Grace Kelly was photographed lounging in espadrilles on the set of To Catch A Thief in 1955, while just last year, Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton wore L.K. Bennett's espadrille wedges the morning after her royal wedding. Indeed, every spring and summer, you can expect to see a number of stylesetters sporting the comfortable kicks with natural, braided rope soles. They've evolved over the years into a stylish warm-weather staple, which is why we're highlighting them in today's Current Classic story!
On The Runway & Street
Though espadrilles were once considered very simple, casual footwear, that's no longer the case! Take, for example, Valentino's S/S 12 runway, where designers Pier Paolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri showed an au courant pair of Leather And Lace Espadrilles ($475). Though these flat slip-ons possess a practical shape and heel, the floral lace lends them a completely luxe, feminine appeal. We think these investment-worthy shoes are perfect for a fashion savant with romantic sensibilities who desires comfort at the same time! The catwalk isn't the only place where espadrilles are making a statement: we also adore Chloe Moretz's budget-friendly pick! The actress accented her relaxed airport ensemble with Soludos' Dali Espadrilles ($28) in Black when she landed at LAX last month (though it's also noteworthy to mention that her shoes come in several other brilliant hues if you'd like a more colorful version!).
While basic, no-frills espadrilles are always a timeless, versatile pick, we searched for cool shoes updated for the modern-day sophisticate! Check out the espadrilles that made the cut to nab this wardrobe staple you'll surely wear all season long.
Get The Look
Marc by Marc Jacobs Flat ($195) in Grass Green
Casual and comfortable, these sporty espadrilles come in a vibrant green that's ideal for livening up a basic t-shirt and jeans! The unmistakable Marc by Marc Jacobs logo adds a quirky touch, so you'll look on-point even if you're simply running errands or catching an evening matinee.
Tory Burch Sherri Mid Wedge Espadrille ($137) in Elodie/Purple/Tan
Thanks to a chunky platform and braided raffia wedge heel, these Tory Burch shoes give you substantial height without being impossible to walk in! We love the whimsical floral print and bright color palette of the espadrilles as well, since they offer an easy way to punch up neutral spring and summer outfits.
See by Chloe Ankle-Wrap Wedge Espadrille ($250)
Though the most traditional espadrilles are basic, flat slip-ons, we love eye-catching versions like See by Chloe's chic wedges! These peep-toe shoes are a modern and fresh take on the trend, thanks in large part to bright yellow ankle ties. Wear these shoes to inject a neutral outfit with some color, or team them with equally vivid pieces for a truly bold look!
Tabitha Simmons Striped Espadrille Flat ($545) in Pale Blue/Pink
Tabitha Simmons' uniquely clever shoe is certainly not your average pair of espadrilles! This lace-up oxford-style pair is crafted from silk-linen faille, which gives them a luxurious sheen, while colorful stripes lend a fun, playful vibe. If you prefer these in a different color, they're also available in a versatile orange and natural color palette, as well as attention-grabbing cotton candy pink and blue!
Topshop Verona Zebra Print Espadrille ($24)
If you feel like channeling your animal instincts this season, we suggest Topshop's zebra-print espadrilles. These shoes are perfect for the stylish girl on the go: a flat heel offers comfort and ease of movement, and an elastic ankle-strap makes them a cinch to slip on and off in a hurry. Better yet, we also fully appreciate this pair's affordable price tag!
Soludos x Opening Ceremony Raffia Espadrille ($45)
Since bold stripes are one of the season's must-have patterns, we simply had to include Soludos x Opening Ceremony's flats! The shoes have a basic espadrille shape, yet the bold print gives them an intriguing (and on-trend) twist. Paired with your favorite denim cutoffs and a floaty blouse, these slip-ons are a stylishly laid-back pick for your next outdoor barbeque or beach outing.
Diane von Furstenberg Tchad Metallic Wedge Sandal ($278) in Gold
Among all of today's stunning footwear options, Diane von Furstenberg's rendition offers the most formal interpretation with these elegant espadrilles! The braided raffia heel is complemented by metallic gold leather, resulting in a shoe that feels both down-to-earth and dressy. Whether you're brunching with friends or heading to a dinner date, these espadrilles are suitable for a wide variety of occasions, both casual and fancy!
Club Monaco Wedge Espadrille ($120) in April Print
We love the boho feel of Club Monaco's canvas and raffia printed wedges. These kicks come with grosgrain ribbons that lace around your ankle, adding instant fashionable flair to any ensemble! We recommend styling these with your favorite sundress and some gold jewelry for a sweetly feminine outfit.--Tiffany Tse
Photo of Chloe Moretz, courtesy of Splash News; Valentino runway photo, courtesy of Valentino.