The Shoe of the Season: Espadrilles

Espadrilles Summer 2016: A collage of options-
1. River Island, 2. Soludos, 3. Topshop, 4. CastaƱer 5. ChloƩ, 6. Soludos, 7. Saint Laurent, 8. Aquazzura , 9. Valentino, 10. Soludos, 11. Lanvin.

Every spring is the unofficial beginning of the summer hunting season. No, not game hunting season, but of summer pieces and especially shoes. They might as well have been game, though, for all their elusiveness. There are a great number of things to consider when buying your summer shoes, especially if you don't want to end up with too many pairs that you're probably not going to wear at the end. A good summer shoe, has to include most of those elements:

  • It's got to be versatile, which means that it should be able to be worn on many occasions. Who wants to carry around in their holiday luggage, too many pairs of shoes? Ideally, one pair could work for those sun-drenched walks on the beach, the cocktail parties and the shopping strolls in the high street. 
  • It should be breathable and lightweight. There's nothing worse than having horrid swollen feet in the summer. It completely ruins the pedicure you've just had done! Joking aside, that is perhaps the most important element and the reason why it's so damn hard to find a good pair of summer shoes. It's usually got to be good quality, as open as possible (captain obvious alert!), and from a material that lets your feet breathe. No one wants sweaty feet. 
  • The shoes have got to be worn with ease. No time to be hassling around with lots of buckles and laces when you've got to hit the cocktail bar, "like right now, we're going to be late!" Plus, when you take them off on a spontaneous trip to the beach you should have the assurance that they're going to slide back gracefully without you looking like a bumbling buffoon -to partly quote Prof. McGonagall. 
  • There also needs to be a lot of variety in their offerings. There's nothing worse (first world problem alert) than wanting a particular category of a shoe, and not finding a style to suit you. High heeled, flats, lace-ups, the more offerings there are, the more likely you are to find the ONE. Plus, if they're an "it" item for the season, you can rest assured that you'll find a pair in every shop and every budget. That's what I call a win-win. 

If it's not become obvious yet, espadrilles are such an item. They come in so many different styles that ultimately, makes it harder to choose just one pair. They also go with everything. With your maxi dress, your jeans, your mini skirt, your summer tan: for there is nothing that screams summer more than -ice cream excluded- a pair of lace-up espadrilles. 

They are a "neutral" shoe, if you will, that can be dressed up or down. It doesn't matter if your pair is high-heeled or not. Whichever way, if worn with the appropriate outfit, it can work on almost all occasions. 

Now, of course, depending on your lifestyle and what you'll be mostly needing them for, you should consider different things when buying. If you want to wear them to work as well, buy a more sensible pair. If you love your high heels, then go ahead. If you don't see yourself leaving the city for a long time (for which I'm truly sorry), find a sturdier pair that will not make those bumpy pavements your archenemy. 

And, if you're going on holiday? Well, first of, I'm jelly. Secondly, though, I'm sure a pair of espadrilles will be the perfect companion: lightweight enough to carry, comfortable on the feet, easy on the eyes. They will guarantee some fun times under the sun and an excellent replacement for your beloved "every-day" trainers.

Personally speaking, and as I've previously mentioned, I'm on the lookout for a new pair. I used to have some orange ones when I was younger but I didn't much like the colour. I'll probably get a brown or black pair, preferably flat, or mid-heeled. Maybe higher wouldn't be so bad, though, since they're so comfy. Oh, choosing just one is proving to be a challenge.

But what about you? Do you love espadrilles as much as I do? Do you own a pair that is the ONE? If you do, please let me know and help me choose with some insight!

Here are even more options. Now you have to find a pair to suit your needs:

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