6 Chic Ways to Style Up Those Classic Espadrilles

Like Pimms and lemonade, or strawberries and cream, there are certain combinations that are synonymous with summer—espadrilles and bare legs being another. Better suited to the city than flip-flops or thong sandals, and a million times lighter than a closed ankle boot or trainer, there’s nothing more satisfying than transitioning from the aforementioned to a rugged rope sole.

We have brands like Soludos to thank for closed pumps with playful embroideries that’ll bring a smile to your face, to classic manufacturers like Spain-based Castañer, whose ankle-tie styles are enough to tempt us out of strappy sandals any day of the week. Espadrilles certainly err on the side of casual but are by no means a second-grade shoe—even Yves Saint Laurent was famously into them as a high-fashion item. So while they are ideal for beach and sun-soaked holidays, you can also weave them into your urban wardrobe by considering a few simple styling tricks.

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