Espadrille me pretty!

Do you want to skip the flip flop and still feel comfortable?
Do you want to jump from the beach to a barbeque without worrying about to change?
So the espadrilles are the answer for this summer and they are chic, comfy, fun and stylish. Plus super cute and there are no secrets about how to wear them. They go with anything especially with sundresses and jeans!!

The original flat espadrille is made of canvas sewn on a jute sole, with or without ties wrapped around the ankle. The sole is made of braided jute and this organic fiber allows the foot to breath and makes this classic shoe a must for summer indoor and outdoor wear.

Since they have a rustic look, they are definitely oriented for a more casual outfit; out to the beach, a walk, or a barbecue and it combines perfectly with organic fabrics, loose pieces (short or long) and fun prints.

The espadrille has been around for centuries. The espadrille, also known as alpargata or espardenya, is believed to originate from the Basque country in Spain. Originally it was worn by men and it was during the 19th century that the production of these shoes truly spread. Espadrilles were worn by everyone from peasants to military soldiers to priests. Around 1950, fashion evolved and this forced alpargata makers to reinvent the shoe with a more sophisticated design that was better suited to the times. Yves St-Laurent in the 1960's asked for an espadrille with a heel, which had never been done before. It was a success!!

Espadrilles have been worn by many artists such as Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali, and helped make the shoes very popular. Later on, because of celebrities like Grace Kelly, Jacqueline Kennedy, Catherine Deneuve, Caroline de Monaco, Jack Nicholson, Michael Douglas, Sophia Loren, Her Majesty Sophia, Queen of Spain and even Jean-Paul II that the espadrilles’ popularity continued to grow.

These straw styles are the ultimate summer shoes. You’ll be effortlessly prepared for endless summer.

There are also a number of styles for men to sport this summer season. Men can add effortless style to their outfits by just slipping on pair.

 (2 photos right credits The Sartorialist)

Some of this season's espadrilles!! 

b. Missoni Woven canvas espadrille flats
c. Ras Women's RA29-657SU1Y Ballet Flat Espadrille
d. H&M striped espadrille
e. Marisa metallic canvas espadrilles
f. kate spade new york 'lido' espadrille flat
g. Missoni Flat Espadrille in Fabric Rope
h. Tabitha Simmons Striped Silk Espadrille Sneaker

(Some information of the espadrille history came from here).
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