Originating in the Pyrenees in the 14th century, espadrilles were first popularized stateside in 1948, when the glamorous Lauren Bacall donned a pair with a crisp white shirt and a belted, calf-length, flared skirt in the film Key Largo.
Nowadays, espadrilles are as synonymous with summer style as white dresses and straw tote bags. And while espadrilles were once simple, closed-toe, slip-on canvas shoes with jute soles, designers have consistently reinvented the footwear style, experimenting with leather, suede, and lace uppers, adding peep toes, ankle cuffs, and lace-up straps, or embellishing uppers with punk-flavored studs, spikes, and grommets.
This summer, follow Lauren Bacall’s lead and complete your look with a darling pair of espadrilles like the Kisses Too white espadrille wedge sandals, which feature a T-strap silhouette with an adjustable ankle strap, a woven strap design along the vamp, a cheeky open toe, and a charming jute-wrapped wedge heel. To infuse some color into your look, try the coral-colored Jaclyn Smith “Arlena” crocheted espadrille wedges, which feature ladylike crocheted uppers that drape over the top of the foot for a secure fit, along with a 3”-tall wedge heel wrapped in jute rope and a rounded peep toe. Who wouldn’t be roped in by these ultra chic espadrilles?