7 Espadrilles to Beg, Borrow and Steal for this Season

If you’re looking for a shoe that’s a little more refined than a sandal, a little less twee than a slipper, and has all the suave, sophistication and swagger of James Bond on holiday, then the espadrille might just be the shoe for you.

Typified by their canvas upper, with jupe rope running around the edge of the sole, espadrilles were once the footwear of peasants. However, this summer they have been embraced worldwide for their relaxed and understated style. 

Looking just as good with chinos and a button-down shirt, as they do with your favourite Be An Athlete vest and bottoms, the espadrille is this year’s choice of footwear, and so, we've selected 7 of the most stylish pairs available.

1. Cotton Slip-On Shoes, Rivieras  £50

A striking combination of red and blue, the Rivieras cotton slip-on shoes will inject a little continental flair into your wardrobe this summer. 

Designed to be stylish and yet robust, they'll serve you just as well on the white sandy beaches of the Caribbean, as they will on the dusty cobbled roads of Firenzi.

These beige suede espadrilles from Manébi manage to fuse sophistication with liberation, thanks to the classic styling and embossed pirate emblem. No doubt you’ll discover a similar sense of adventure wherever these fine shoes take you.

3. Eli, KG by Kurt Geiger £50

With floral hailed as the look of summer, this magnificent offering from Kurt Geiger will have you strutting at the very front of the fashion pack this season. 

4. Papi Hugo Olona, Christian Laboutin £295

Perfect for a balmy summer evening, ice-cold White Russian in hand, these arresting, ‘Toile Rayee’-robed espadrilles from Christian Laboutin will add a regal, nautical twist to each and every one of your outfits, be it a canvas suit or merely a pair of swimming trunks.

5. Pablo Espadrille, Castana £67

The Castana Pablo Espadrilles combine elegance with avant-garde styling, and the result does little too disappoint. More exotic than a Pina Colada in a coconut, there’s no need to travel to foreign climates whilst you’ve got these on your feet this summer.  

6. Feud Leather Woven Espadrille £45

The epitome of understated style, these leather woven espadrilles from Feud would look equally at home in a swanky inner-city restaurant, as they would resting on the ring-marked, driftwood table of a beach-front cocktail bar. From the houndtooth lining, to the chocolate box offerings of brown, they’re sure to provide one hell of smooth ride. 

7. Bellafonte Mesh Espadrill, H by Hudson £60

Simple yet stylish, the Bellafonte Mesh Espadrille will look great from sunrise to sunset, and then long on into the night, too. And unlike most other shoes, with their breathable material, they’ll also remain just as cool and comfortable from the moment you put them on, to the moment you take them off (assuming you ever want to!).

How and where do you like to wear your espadrilles; on the seafront in shorts, or out shopping in slacks? Let us know your preferred look below, and whether you've come across any other great espadrilles in your travels. We rather think any of these fine shoes would look pretty great with one of our relaxed Be An Athlete vests, guaranteed to keep you cool this summer...

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