Style by Claire Lopez

The shoe that says summer: the espadrille

I love an espadrille – flat or wedge – they just say summer, holiday and happiness. For a flat think of them as the summer alternative to your trainers and for the wedge, it’s just a more practical and comfortable summer heel to wear with dresses, shorts, trousers and skirts.

So if you are heading off for the bank holiday or half term, here are my top picks for you to pack in your suitcase:

Flats

Animal print and sparkle are two of my favourite thing so I am naturally drawn to these Espadrilles £34.99 at H&M. There is also method in my magpie-ness because a metallic will go with everything.

This Forestry Embroidered Espadrilles £49 is another lovely metallic made a bit more fun by the colourful embroidery.

In a similar vein, you can also try Mint Velvet’s Melinda Star Espadrille £89.

Office’s Lucky Espadrille £42 comes in many different versions from glittery to animal, Chanel-esque to pastels.

Or go for Dune’s Gracelynn £80 which comes in nude or metallic and has this lovely cut work and stud detailing.

With yellow being one of the colours of the summer, these Boden Teresa Espadrilles £65 are perfect. They also come in silver, stripe and a denim.

For the king of espadrilles look no further than Air & Grace and their Hula Leopard £99 which is all singing and dancing leopard and brightly coloured tassels. These are fun ‘look at me shoes’ there’s no doubt.

I also love Air & Grace’s Eulalia Snow Leopard £99 which are perfect if you have bigger feet and find that a traditional flat espadrille only emphasises the size of your foot. Also if you aren’t a big fan of your trotters, then these are a great alternative to a sandal.

John Lewis’ own label And/Or has some gorgeous footwear and these Luna Two Part Espadrilles £75 are one of absolute favourites.

Wedges

If you don’t want to spend big, then go for H&M’s Sandals £24.99 which come in this camel faux suede and a black cotton.

A very nice subtle sparkley option is this Milano £59 from Office which will go with everything.

Office’s Marmalade Espadrille £49 comes in navy, white, orange and yellow.

The other big label in the world of espadrilles is Castner which has several different styles in many different colours and wedge heights: Carina Canvas Wedge £90 at Matches.

If you are looking for something fun, then head to Air & Grace and go for their Shimmie style £99 which comes in many different guises: yellow, gold leopard, stars and a couple of others.

Flatforms

The beauty of the platform is you get the height without the heel so they are a good bet if you are on the shorter side but not keen on tottering. However, they can make your feet look a touch on the clunky side so they won’t be for everyone. H&M’s Platform Sandals £22.99 are a good buy and in a neutral that will work with everything.

Or go for these Sequinned Espadrilles £25.99 from Zara.

I have some metallic flatforms not all that dissimilar from these from Zara last year that I have worn solidly and love: Platform Sandals with Bead Detail £49.99.

Or there are these Wedge Espadrille Sandals £36 from River Island which also come in black.

The only thing about the good old espadrille is that you need some talc to hand – if you know what I mean!

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