What happened to the humble espadrille? Walking through Selfridges shoe department, I was dazzled- nearly blinded, if I’m honest- by the rope-and-canvas bling that now fills this shoe category.
Remember the days when espadrilles came bundled together with an elastic band, merchandised in a straw basket under a table and cost about ten euros a pair?
Perhaps, now we are no longer Europeans, we need a bit of sequin sparkle to jolly us along. In fact, are we even still allowed to wear the espadrille, a shoe of French/ Spanish extraction that’s been worn in Europe since 1322? Someone had better look that up.
I’m not sure I understand the need to pimp-up a shoe that usually got chucked away at the end of a summer due to it smelling of wet dog and rotting seaweed, but I clearly need to catch up fast. Now you can’t move for metallic and pearlised sequins, chunky jute flatforms and an occasional sense of a makeover-step-too-far.
I saw an alarming looking hybrid cross between trainer and espadrille (espadr-ers? train-illes?) and a worryingly attractive cross with a desert boot.
The bling-cheer factor is high at Kurt Geiger, its Milo nautical sequin striped ones and embellished flatform Milos at £110 illustrate the point, perhaps good for beach parties? I prefer the Carvela Lido suede and leather versions, at £89, those reinforced soles look like they’d stop the rope-rot. I do like the black suede version.
Properly posh ones such as Tory Burch’s Rosette below (£205 -not yet in the sale but I’m watching….) are a long way from those bargain baskets of old. Pretty and less blingy, but only if you’re wanting to impress on your summer hols…
I love Penelope Chilvers deck chair Riviera Picasso stripe pair, at £129, which would add cheerful holiday zing to white linen or washed indigo. The fuchsia velvet, be-ribboned Dali Valeciana pair, with their cut away heel detail, £105, might be just the uplifting thing to brighten the non-euro days ahead….