How To Properly Tie Your Espadrilles

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You’re not going to believe this one. You are 100% tying your espadrilles the wrong way. Okay, maybe not ALL of you. But I have yet to meet anyone who knew that there was actually a proper way to tie your espadrilles. A few years ago I fell in love with the espadrille brand out of Spain, Castañer. They’re stunning, perfect espadrilles. My only complaint was when I wore them my foot never felt super secure. Which I found true of most espadrilles I’ve ever owned that laced up.

While visiting Spain with some girlfriends a few years ago, we stumbled onto a Castañer store and I was elated! I tried on a dozen pairs, sadly bought none (it was that in-between season situation that’s never ideal for shopping). But, the thing that I learned on that little shopping trip on that insanely hot afternoon, was that we’ve been tying our espadrilles ALL wrong.

As I went to put my foot into the shoe and then tie my espadrille, the sales lady quickly said “oh no no no” and grabbed the shoe from me. I was so confused. In a foreign country, I don’t speak their language, I thought I did something wrong! She took the shoe, turned it around to the back where the little bit of the lace is on the heel of the shoe, and pulled it OUT. Then put the shoe down and put the “loop” in front so that my foot went INTO it. We were blown away. WHAT did we just see. As soon as I laced up the espadrilles and walked around I realized that this method keeps your foot in place and so much more secure. 

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How To Properly Tie Your Espadrilles

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Here’s the one thing you need to know about tying your espadrilles the right way.

This little bit of string that is on the heel of your shoe is going to change your life. I’d say most espadrilles that lace-up have this on the back like so. Soludos has them, Castañer has them, Vince Camuto, Stuart Weitzman. You name it, just about every lace-up true espadrille has this. But here’s the thing they never told you when you were trying them on in the shoe department. Take that little bit of string and pull it out about 6 inches or so. See below.

Then put it in front of the shoe so you can place your foot into the loop and then into the footbed of your espadrille. From there you just pull the strings on either side to secure your foot into the heel. Wrap the strings around your ankles one to two times then finish with a bow. The difference in how secure your foot will feel in the shoe is crazy.

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jessica camerata shares how to properly tie your espadrilles for a secure fit
Mind blown, right?

Photos by Hannah Lozano

Jessica is an Atlanta life and style blogger. Aiming to bring practical tips to your every day life. Tips that you can easily tackle and make your life feel just a tad more 'put-together'.

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  1. 6.11.20
    Lisa Autumn said:

    Oh they look so pretty x

    Lisa |

  2. 6.11.20
    Laura Leigh said:

    OH MY GOSH THIS IS GENIUS! What a game changer. Will 100% be fixing all of lace up espadrilles asap.

    xo Laura Leigh

  3. 6.11.20
    Rachel said:

    This is a GAME changer! I had no idea that you were supposed to pull the ribbon forward! I always avoided wearing my espadrilles because they never felt “right” and this is definitely why!


    • 6.11.20
      Jessica said:

      Yup! They always feel wobbly! This fixes it 100%

      • 6.11.20
        Ashley said:

        Thank you so much for sharing this! I bought a pair of flat espadrilles earlier this year but have been reluctant to wear them for that same reason!

  4. 6.11.20
    Kate said:

    Such cute shoes!

  5. 6.11.20
    Meg said:

    What a great post! I definitely was tying them wrong!! Thanks for the lesson!

  6. 6.12.20
    Colleen said:

    I’m wearing espadrilles today, totally influenced by this tip. So much more secure! Thank you!!

  7. 6.14.20
    Christina said:

    Helpful! And thank you for linking the black espadrilles – I have been looking for a pair and now I’ve found them!

    • 6.14.20
      Jessica said:

      Yay! Love that brand they’re so great

  8. 6.18.20
    Melinda said:

    Mind blown! No idea this is how you are to wear them. Can’t wait to try! Thank you for sharing!

    • 6.18.20
      Jessica said:

      Me either! So glad I learned finally ha

  9. 6.18.20
    Michele said:

    This is so cool! I’m almost 60 years old and never knew! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  10. 6.19.20

    Yes! Mind blown!! I wear mine all the time and hate that they feel a little unsecure and wonky as I walk. That is so clever! I never realised at all. Thank you so much for sharing. xx Jenelle |

    • 6.19.20
      Jessica said:

      I’m so glad you found this post then!

  11. 6.20.20

    These are gorgeous!