BEACH BOUND: 15 ESPADRILLES
People have been sporting espadrilles since the 14th century, and the reason for their endurance could be attributed to the fact that they’re really, really comfortable.
They’re less formal than boat shoes but more formal than sandals. They’re beachy and fun, and will look equally appropriate whether you’re hanging out by the pool or headed to the bar for some summertime cocktails on the patio.
And nevermind the fact that espadrilles used to be considered peasant shoes—now they’re favored by the jet set, and that’s why you’ll see a ton of good-looking offerings from designers across the board. Check out 15 of our favorites.
ASOS FLORAL PRINT ESPADRILLES
If you’re the type of guy who can pull off floral prints, you’ll love these. Pair them with a pair of white chinos and a navy v-neck t-shirt and you’ll look perfect sipping Mai Tais by the pool on your next vacation.
SPERRY DRIFTER STONE-WASHED ESPADRILLES
Sperry’s forte, of course, is boat shoes, but these limited edition espadrilles show that they can successfully craft more than just your favorite deck shoes. These Drifter Stonewashed espadrilles are a bit more structured than a lot of espadrilles you’ll see, but the vibrant blue fabric and the rope-lined sole will ensure you’ll stand out this summer.
HAVAIANAS ORIGINE II ESPADRILLES
Brazil-bred Havaianas are known for making brightly-colored, durable flip-flops, but the Espadrilles they have on offer are definitely worth checking out. Available in a variety of bright colors (would you expect anything less from Havaianas?) for under $40, you should stock up on a few to get you through the summer.
GAP PRINTED ESPADRILLES
If you’ve got plans to head down South this summer (say, Miami or Boca), you’ll fit right in with the shuffleboard crowd with these floral printed espadrilles.
SOLUDOS FOR J. CREW ESPADRILLES
When designer Nick Brown moved to New York, he realized that the city was sorely lacking in beachy footwear, so he launched Soludos to create quality espadrilles for Gothamites. But you don’t have to be a New Yorker to wear this limited edition shoe made in partnership with J. Crew—the classic shoe would look great whether you’re trying to get through a summer Friday in the office or vacationing in Spain.
RIVER ISLAND PRINTED PLIMSOLLS
A London-based, family-owned company for over 60 years, River Island prides itself on providing relaxed, beachy attire for everyone in the family. These printed plimsolls feature a rope-topped rubber sole, meaning that you can wear these all summer and the rope won’t fray.
TOMS NAVY STRIPE UNIVERSITY ESPADRILLES
TOMS has embraced the low-profile espadrilles-style shoe like no other, and these rope-lined, striped espadrilles will help you stand out from the rest of the TOMS-wearing set. As always, the purchase of this pair will provide a pair to a child in need via TOMS’ One for One program.
BEN SHERMAN JENSON SLIP-ON
Ben Sherman might be your go-to brand when buying dress shoes for work, but their Jenson slip-on may make you think of the brand for more than just office attire. Made from chambray and featuring dark navy piping and the classic espadrille rope sole, they might be your favorite shoe this summer.
SOLUDOS SMOKING SLIPPER
If you’re looking to add a little Hawaiian print to your wardrobe but don’t want to go full-out with a Hawaiian shirt reminiscent of what your uncle would wear, check out this offering from Soludos, which features a subtle Hawaiian print in navy and white.
DUNE WOVEN ESPADRILLES
Half slip-on, half espadrilles, this black-white-and-gray-patterned offering from London-based Dune manages to look classy enough to take you from the office to your seaside weekend getaway.
RIVIERAS COTTON MESH SLIP-ONS
Rivieras are known for crafting shoes made from light-weight cotton mesh, allowing you to feel like you’re wearing sandals while still being able to go for a meal at a nice restaurant with a killer ocean view. These navy, red, and white slip-ons will look equally good with a pair of khakis and a white button-down as they will with a pair of shorts and t-shirt around the pool. Bonus—they’re incredibly 4th of July appropriate.
UGG KAS LEATHER LOAFER
No, UGG doesn’t just make those fur boot monstrosities that every college girl used to wear 10 years ago. They can make extremely attractive shoes, as evidenced by the Kas Leather Loafer. While they have the classic construction of an espadrille, they have a few important upgrades, like being crafted out of soft leather instead of traditional canvas, and a cork-lined footbed to ensure the shoes will mold to your feet, making them one of the most comfortable pairs of shoes you’ll ever own.
COLE HAAN CAMDEN ESPADRILLES
Featuring faded blue and gray leather and visible stitching, these Camden espadrilles from Cole Haan look like they’ve seen 1,000 summer adventures, even if you’ve just taken them out of the box. Get to work on the adventures ASAP.
CASTANER PABLO CANVAS ESPADRILLES
Castaner has a long, rich history—they’ve been making espadrilles in Spain since 1776—but they really hit their stride in the 1970s when they created the first wedge espadrille for Yves Saint Laurent (yep, those wedge shoes your girlfriend wears in the summer are espadrilles). Since then, they’ve been the brand where espadrilles are concerned. These brightly-colored shoes are an update on their classic offering, and in bright orange, you’ll never get lost on the beach.
MULO COTTON-TWILL ESPADRILLES
London-based designer Tobias Cox wanted to create an espadrille that was durable enough to wear on vacation and on city streets, so he founded MULO and created his own take on the classic espadrille. Made from durable cotton-twill (bright blue on the outside, lined with orange on the inside), they feature linen braiding set above a durable gum rubber sole.