How To Wear Espadrilles For Summer

How To Wear Espadrilles by My Style Vita

Did you know that today is National Espadrille Day? Although there aren’t many crazy themed “national” holidays I get behind, this is definitely one of them! Why? Well, it’s the shoe I swap out to first when the season changes. My espadrille sandals then becomes one of my go to summer shoes. They go with jeans, dresses, shorts, you name it. They’re also insanely comfortable to do lots of walking in. We all rocked our Marc Fisher LTD espadrilles while in Charleston during Wine + Food Festival. They were the ideal shoe for travel, walking and stepping into spring with. From platform ones, to wedges, to flat espadrilles, there’s an option for every personal style, outfit and occasion.

My Marc Fisher LTD espadrilles have been a personal favorite. I prefer the wedge over the flat platform espadrille (I have a hard time walking in those) and have done a new color or texture every year for the last few years. I was excited to add these mustard basketweave ones to my closet. Mustard has been a color you all know I’ve been loving lately so why not bring it into spring and summer?

But First, What Are Espadrilles?

My sister always makes fun of me because I always have the correct term for a shoe or garment versus just calling it a shoe or top. But everything DOES have a name and definition. Espadrilles are by definition, a light canvas shoe with a plaited fibre sole made of esparto rope. This translates to many different styles of espadrilles though, but it’s the esparto rope that makes it an espadrille. From flat slip-ons, to wedges, to sandals and more. So long as the sole is esparto rope, it’s an espadrille.

How To Wear Espadrilles

I truly think a great espadrille can go with so many outfits. My nude Marc Fisher LTD wedges are so versatile and go with just about everything in my spring and summer closet. From dresses, to just jeans and a tee to rompers and beyond. I definitely wouldn’t wear them to anythign semi-formal, but for all things casual, or going out with some friends on a Saturday night, they’re perfect. Here are a few ideas on how to wear espadrilles for spring and summer the right way.

With Jeans

I usually instantly swap out my fall shoes to espadrilles when the weather is still a tad cool. When I’m wearing jeans, they’re truly a great summer addition alongside a great summer bag. You can wear just about any style of an espadrille with skinny jeans like a lace up, slip on or wedge. But for a wide leg I would recommend a wedge or heel of some sort for sure!

PS Check out my post on how to pair your wide leg jeans with the right shoes here!

Red Espadrilles & Jeans OutfitNude Wedges & Jeans Outfit

With Dresses

The ultimate summer look, a summer frock paired with an espadrille. Nothing makes me happier than this combination. For me, I tend to add a higher heel to a midi or longer dress and then keep my mini dresses paired with shorter heels or even just a flat espadrille.

Black Leather Espadrilles OutfitWhite Flat Espadrilles Outfit

With Rompers & Jumpsuits

Another great go to that works similarly to dresses are rompers and jumpsuits. They’re a closet favorite for spring and summer for me, rarely do I find myself wearing one in the fall and winter. So these often get paired with espadrilles time and time again.

Black Sequined Espadrilles OutfitRed Romper & Nude Wedge Espadrilles Outfit

To Work

Wearing espadrilles to work is definitely the hardest of these scenarios. I tend to lean on a more casual style and bending the rules, but traditionally, you won’t want to wear an espadrille to work. If you’re considering wearing an espadrille to the office you have to first take a look at your company’s dress code. Is it casual? Is it super conservative? Do you wear jeans to the office a lot? If it leans more conservatively, I’d honestly recommend NOT wearing them ever. Period.

But if you often show up in jeans, never having to be in a suit and styles are more laid back then I’d recommend wearing a few select styles. First, something traditional like classic closed-toe wedge espadrilles. And second, nothing that screams “I’m going to the beach in my sundress”. Lastly, keep things neutral. Save the hot pink and red espadrilles for summer dresses because that’s exactly what this shoe is intended for.

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3 Comments

  1. Laura Leigh wrote:

    Might be one of my favorite posts of yours ever! I am hardcore espadrille obsessed and have a massive collection of them. They are the BEST for spring and summer and I cannot wait to pull them out! LOVE them with midi and maxi dresses most as well!

    xo Laura Leigh
    Louella Reese

    Posted 4.3.19 Reply
  2. Lisa Autumn wrote:

    Oh I love them!

    x Lisa | lisaautumn.com

    Posted 4.4.19 Reply