Espadrilles are back with a vengeance this summer, and we personally couldn’t be happier about it. They take the concept of the light summer shoe to the next level and beyond. Natural materials like rope or raffia add comfort, as well as quirky style. Plus, espadrilles look amazing with lots of summer staples, including jeans, slip dresses, and shorts.
However, stepping out in something new can be every bit as challenging as it is exciting. Here, we’ll go over some simple but effective tips for styling your favorite pairs this summer. They’re sure to become your new go-to summer shoes in no time!
1. Leave socks out of the mix altogether.
It’s easy to style espadrilles for any occasion. Espadrilles are perfect for long, languid summer walks or lazy weekends at the shoreline. No socks allowed!
2. Let the height of your espadrilles be your guide.
Espadrilles were made with comfort and everyday wear in mind, but they are more versatile than you may realize. Heel height can give you some great ideas on what to wear with your favorite pair.
Flat-soled options like this cute graphic espadrille from Circus make amazing alternatives to the ubiquitous summer flip-flop. Pair them with anything from capri pants to shorts, to swimwear! Wedge espadrilles are a great fit for times you want to look a little dressier. They look amazing when worn to brunch with a pretty summer sundress or out for evening cocktails with your best friends.
3. Add the perfect finishing touch to miniskirts.
One of the best things about espadrilles is their versatility, but some ensembles really do pop with this shoe. For instance, they provide the perfect amount of balance to shorter hemlines.
The chunky, beachy nature of wedge heels provides the perfect balance to fitted shorts and flirty minis that show lots of leg. Look for quirky embellished espadrilles for a look that truly turns heads. Add a breezy summer hat to the mix to complete the look.
4. Espadrilles and denim strike the perfect harmony.
Denim is famous for being a versatile staple that goes with everything, but it looks especially amazing with a pair of espadrilles. Save your ultra-chic skinny jeans for another day, though. This shoe pairs best with distressed denim in retro hues.
Pair colored or striped espadrilles with your favorite pair of cutoffs and add a few cute accessories for a hot weather look that will turn heads. Slip on a pair of thick-soled espies in nude or taupe to wear with cuffed crop jeans or overalls. Match a sundress with a denim jacket and a pair of wedge espadrilles for the ideal picnic-in-the-park ensemble.
5. Add a unique touch to your favorite boho look.
Bohemian style has been very much in fashion for the past few seasons. It’s showing no signs of going anywhere now that it’s summer, either. In fact, one of our favorite ways to rock espadrilles is to make them part of an updated hippie-chic look.
Start with a bohemian staple like a comfy slip dress in your favorite summer color and add a touch of city flair to it with a fitted jacket. Finish with color-blocked espadrilles, and you’ve got a fantastic signature look that’s perfect for a variety of different occasions.
6. Think outside the box when it comes to espadrilles.
This summer, some of the most exciting footwear options out there really shatter expectations when it comes to what an espadrille has to offer. For instance, how would you like to try an espadrille bootie from a vendor like Skechers on for size?
Unique hybrid espadrilles like these are best styled with classic looks like tailored jeans or capris. They look terrific with culottes, tailored separates, and thoughtful accessories like diaphanous scarves as well.
At the end of the day, espadrilles are the most comfortable, flexible summer shoe style in your closet. Pick your favorite today and light up your summer with a wealth of fun seasonal styles!