The Shoes I've Worn for 5 Summers Straight


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Here’s the thing: I don’t really like flip-flops. I know there are going to be fans out there, but I’m just not one of them. Years ago, I even cleared every pair of flip-flops I owned out of my closet in a spring-cleaning frenzy (Marie Kondo would have been proud) but realized I didn’t really have any other shoes that worked with my summer outfits. That is until I looked for an alternative and bought a pair of espadrilles, which led me to the discovery of my new favorite summer shoes.

And now, I’ve been wearing espadrilles for five summers straight. In my opinion, they’re the perfect thing to throw in a suitcase because they pair so easily with printed sundresses and denim cutoff shorts and any number of summer outfits. The best part is that my favorite style rings in at just $65. And no, I’m not missing those flip-flops one bit. Here, shop my go-to pair of espadrilles as well as my curated collection of styles to wear this summer.


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In my opinion, espadrilles are the perfect summer wardrobe staple—especially when paired with a fun sundress.


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Here, wearing my go-to pair of ankle-tie espadrilles.

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Next, find out the best fitting jeans I’ve ever worn.

Associate Director, Special Projects

Kristen Nichols is the Associate Director, Special Projects at Who What Wear with over a decade of experience in fashion, editorial, and publishing. She oversees luxury content and wedding features, and covers fashion within the luxury market, runway reporting, shopping features, trends, and interviews with leading industry experts. She also contributes to podcast recordings, social media, and branded content initiatives. Kristen has worked with brands including Prada, Chanel, MyTheresa, and Luisa Via Roma, and rising designers such as Refine and Tove, and her style has been featured in publications including, Vogue France, WWD, and the CFDA. Before Who What Wear, Kristen began her career at Rodarte, where she worked on assistant styling, photo shoots, and runway shows, and at Allure, where she moved into print and digital editorial. She graduated from the University of Southern California, where she studied art history and business, and currently lives in New York.