Prepare to Screenshot: 4 Ways to Wear Summer’s Essential Espadrilles in 2023
In a world of ever-changing trends and aesthetics, more often than not, it's best to stick to the classics. Ironically enough, the classics have turned into summer's hottest trend thanks to the viral "quiet luxury" vibe we just can't get enough of. If there's one summer shoe that fits this aesthetic to a T, it would have to be the legendary espadrille. We know it, we love it, we've probably worn through too many pairs to count, but none compare to Stuart Weitzman's latest iteration. It's the 2023 take on the classic style made with the same high-quality Spanish craftsmanship that the brand is known for. As a New Yorker, I'm personally grateful for the lightweight and comfortable feel of the shoe as well. If I were to give one footwear recommendation for the season ahead, the Stuart Weitzman espadrille has no competition.
But you don't have to take my word for it. Our editorial director, Lauren Eggertsen, knows a thing or two about the best wardrobe investments, and she's cosigning Stuart Weitzman's espadrille with me. "In order to achieve that subtle luxury look, this shoe is a must in any summer wardrobe," she says. "I can dress these espadrilles up or down with ease, which makes them a no-brainer. Investing in the classics is always a good idea, and I'm confident these shoes will never go out of style." Keep scrolling to see the four looks that prove her point featuring summer's favorite espadrilles in every versatile silhouette and colorway.
Photo:@laurenegg; Styling: Paris Georgia; Musier Paris; Mehry Mu
"These espadrilles are utter magic. They look dressy yet can translate to a casual look at the drop of a hat. They're meticulously crafted from patent leather with the most lightweight woven-jute sole. I love the raffia on the sole paired with the subtle raffia on my bag. That texture really took this look to the next level. They are perfect for more formal summer events like a garden cocktail party or a girls' night, but I can just as easily see them with a pair of black jeans and a simple tank for a slightly more rich-looking, casual daytime outfit." — Lauren Eggertsen, editorial director
Photo:@laurenegg; Styling: Staud; Uniqlo
"This might be my all-time favorite look of the summer. The dress is so fabulous on its own, but I wanted to add a little more flair and color by tying a bright red sweater around my waist and throwing on a luxe metallic wedge espadrille. These shoes really help this look achieve the 'quiet luxury' aesthetic I was going for. This particular style pairs Stuart Weitzman's iconic Nudist construction with a lightweight and easy-to-wear wedge. They dress my outfit up subtly thanks to the gold hue, and the woven-straw base adds some much-needed texture to the rest of the outfit. I can see myself styling these with everything from black jeans to a cute shorts suit." — Eggertsen
Photo:@laurenegg; Styling: Lacausa; & Other Stories; Zara
"This is the easiest summer outfit formula ever. A simple black tank and tailored shorts can be worn anywhere from an outdoor lunch date to the office. I paired these strappy, black espadrilles with this look to make it feel special. I love how the shoes and the belt really stand out and help create some strong focal points in the look. Plus, I love that the ankle strap can be adjusted for my own personalized fit. Without the espadrilles, this look would definitely read more casual, but opting for them gave me some height while instantly making me feel more pulled together." — Eggertsen
Photo:@laurenegg; Styling: COS; Levi's; A'mmonde Atelier
"I would easily wear this look three times a week everywhere from brunch with friends to a poolside hangout. I'm definitely a heels girl, so when it comes to my espadrille preference, I'll always choose something with a little height. I love this Stuart Weitzman pair in creamy white leather because it instantly elevates my look without sacrificing comfort. It's a lightweight, woven-jute wedge that features this luxe, super-soft, knotted leather detail, the exact kind of neutral shoe you'll end up wanting to wear with everything." — Eggertsen