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Style Guide: 10 Best Espadrille Sandals

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One of the most classic sandal styles out there has got to be the espadrille. This style has been around practically since footwear was invented and offers a fresh and flirty look for summer dress-up days. Ginnifer Goodwin is pictured rocking a pair while filming the movie Something Borrowed, due out June 2011. I hadn’t heard of this movie (or accompanying book) before putting this post together, but it looks like it’s going to be super cute! It also stars Kate Hudson who will be taking on her first villainous film role. Toss in John Krasinski as the romantic male lead, and I’m convinced this is a movie I need to see! 

If you need more convincing that espadrilles are here to stay, take a look at our top 10 picks for 2010 courtesy of our own shoe expert Rachel. This really goes to show that even a staple such as the espadrille can come in a huge range of styles. With this many options to choose from, there is sure to be a great pair available for just about everyone’s personal style! 

Volatile Carmen Floral Sandal


First up is the Volatile Carmen Floral Sandal. My favorite part about this shoe is definitely the flirty, floral ankle wrap which gives this style a little added flair! Not only will it help to stabilize the shoe on your foot, but it will also draw attention to your sexy summer legs. As with all espadrilles, the wedge heel will make it easier to add height to your look, especially for those not as used to wearing higher heels. 

Roxy Hi Strung Sandal


Our next pick is the Roxy Hi Strung Sandal. If this looks familiar to you that’s not much of a surprise! It was also selected by Anna – another shoe expert here – as a top pick for Roxy Sandals for Summer 2010. I suppose if it’s made two of our top ten lists so far that’s a pretty good sign that this is a must-have shoe this year! Rachel suggests you use this style to update your neutral look with a splash of color. 

Steve Madden Fauntain Sandal


If you’re looking to add animal print to your style this summer than the Steve Madden Fauntain Sandal just might be for you! If you’re not quite that yet adventurous, don’t worry. This shoe also comes in six basic solid colors as well, including a very safe beige/natural color. I must say that I really think the adorable flower on the toe is a great final touch to this summer ready shoe!

Color me coral! Rachel’s next suggestion, the Madden Girl Huntter Sandal, offers an updated color and very ‘now’ strappy, cage/gladiator type upper. This shoe is also a steal at $42.95. At that price, it would be easy to justify getting it in the tan or blue versions too!
Madden Girl Huntter Sandal


Volatile Physical Sandal


Next up is a nod to nautical – the Volatile Physical Sandal. Rachel thinks the red, white and blue on this shoe make it the perfect choice to celebrate summer – especially with a pair of white shorts! Personally, I have to agree. This shoe reminds me of a Fourth of July parade, followed by an outdoor barbeque or picnic!
If you’re into pink (like me), this espadrille might be the choice for you! The Chinese Laundry Dilly Dally Sandal offers elastic straps that provides you with comfort, while the splash of color that screams fashion. I’m picturing this worn with a flirty, loose skirt or dressed down a bit with jean capris. I also really like this style in the basic Ecru/Beige option.
Chinese Laundry Dilly Dally Sandal


BCBGeneration Hyla Sandal


Slide into style! This BCBGeneration Hyla Sandal shows that you can update your slip on sandal with a fun summer print and espadrille wedge. This style also includes a slight platform, which works with the wedge heel for added comfort. The heavier stitching around the footbed offers a cute contrast to the lighter floral fabric.
Rachel’s next selection is the Life Stride Sunny Sandal. I’m sensing a strong floral trend here, and I have to say I’m all for it! This style may be a good started piece for someone just getting into espadrilles. It offers a lower heel at the low price point of $44.95. It’s also available in five great colors, including a more neutral black and beige.
Life Stride Sunny Sandal


Clarks Jewel Sandal


Speaking of neutral, Rachel recommended her next choice specifically for people looking for this type of coloring! The Clarks Jewel Sandal is a great option, especially when paired with outfits with a pop of color. Clarks shoes is a brand known for the comfort technology it builds into each shoe – a plus for anyone out there new to higher heels! The raffia-wrapping on this wedge heel adds a special touch I don’t see on many other espadrilles out there.
Dereon Shell Sandal


Wow – what an example of saving the best for last! With its metallic shell ornamentation, the Dereon Shell Sandal is a show-stopper! This pair of shoe is almost like art to me. They would obviously look beautiful with a (navy?) dress, but I really think they could look just as good with a pair of dark capris or boyfriend jeans – provided they’re paired with the right shirt. 

Hopefully you’re enjoying our newest blog series. If you have any suggestions for us don’t be shy! Use the comment section below to let us know your thoughts. 

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