Heels away: espadrilles make big comeback

Move aside heels, this season it's all about comfort and sensibility. This season, espadrilles will be “wedging” their way into the wardrobes of women everywhere. 

Screenshot from Gossip Girl

“Got your shades on your eyes and your heels so high, that you can't even have a good time.”

                             -- Jessie J, "Price Tag"

That’s right ladies! Take a cue from Jessie J and put away your sky-high Louboutins for the time being. Recently sported on the likes of fashionista Blake Lively and the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, the hot new trend for this summer is something that still gives you height while also saving your feet from the excrutiating pain of blisters. Comfortable, chic, and sensible, espadrilles are the must-have staple for your wardrobe.

Originally worn by soldiers in 13th-century Pyrenees during the reign of the King of Aragon, the espadrille was traditionally a flat shoe, covered with a piece of canvas or cloth. It wasn’t until centuries later however, that legendary designer Yves Saint Laurent single-handedly transformed its appearance by merely adding a wedge heel. The rest, as they put it, was revolutionary fashion history. Thanks to YSL, espadrilles have come a long way from its humble beginnings.

Don't be intimidated by the intense height of these wedges. With regular stilettos, the heel is located at the ball of your feet, making it hard to balance yourself, especially if you're walking for long periods of time. Espadrilles, on the other hand, are immensely high but the wedge and platform shapes your entire foot.

Their unbelievable comfort and versatility is what makes them so popular - they can be paired with almost any look, yet still maintain a classic and polished appearance. The braided jute that covers every inch of the wedge exudes an air of beach glamour à la Brigitte Bardot.

Given their versatility, there are many ways that they can be worn.

1. Rompers and espadrilles. Simple and classic. It doesn’t get much easier than this.
 
2. Pair them with shorts and a long-sleeved striped tee. The result? Instant glamour. (Optional: red lipstick)
 
3. Torn between what to wear with dresses? The espadrille amps up the glamour factor and is more chic than the traditional heel. 
 
4. Channel your inner '70s bombshell by donning a bright-coloured top, wide-legged trousers or jeans, and a neutral coloured espadrille. Feeling daring? Rock a sexier look like Elle MacPherson did in this outfit.
 
5. Looking for a more casual look? For lazy days, pair them with jeans, a casual top, and you're good to go.

 

Despite the depressing and dreary weather which, as Vancouverites, we are all used to, the sun will be making an appearance sometime next week. Keep your chin up, pop into any shoe store and you’re bound to find a pair that suits you well! 

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