Welcome to The Essentials, our weekly series highlighting a must-have classic, key to building a timeless, pulled-together closet.
Espadrilles are the ultimate summer shoe. Worn flat or with a heel, these woven sandals are all about sophisticated ease. For proof, just look to classic Hollywood films—think Lauren Bacall in Key Largo and Grace Kelly in To Catch a Thief—that gave espadrilles the gold stamp of approval. These past few seasons, we've seen the espadrille trend expand, but it was Salvatore Ferragamo who originally put them on the map. In the '30s and '40s, the Italian shoe designer made use of materials such as raffia and cork, according to the MoMA's Items: Is Fashion Modern?. Then, in the '70s, Yves Saint Laurent released his own take on the shoe, turning the traditional flat into a wedge—and a modern trend was born. Today, designers send this woven shoe down the runway in many iterations. Shop our favorites for 2023, below.
Want espadrille wedges that go with every outfit? Opt for an ivory pair like this sweet and feminine style from Castañer. Fun fact: Kate Middleton owns a pair of espadrilles from this label.
Your basic ballet flats just got a stylish upgrade. This flat is hand-stitched by local artisans in Alicante, Spain and has removable ankle straps for a quick little design change.
Try this canary yellow pair of espadrilles for a sunny pep in your step.
This three-inch wedge sandal will give you a boost in height without forcing you to stand precariously on tiptoes. This is the perfect all-occasion shoe, suitable for those summer 2023 weddings or future resort vacations.
A leather basketweave texture and earthy cream tone makes this so an evergreen style, so you can rock it well into fall, alongside your favorite maxi skirt, when the temperatures start to dip.
This timeless wedge espadrille from Soludos will remain in your shoe rotation for seasons to come. It comes in four different colors, though our favorite hue is this midnight blue hue.
This logo lace-up pair from Chloé is perfect for the city girl.
A pair a step above the rest. This jeweled pair from Roger Vivier is sure to be a showstopper.
Bright your day with these statement making rainbow rope espadrilles adorned with Valentino's signature pink rock studs.
Pair these with a flower studded sundress for the quintessential springtime look.
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Sara Holzman is the Style Director at Marie Claire, covering runway trends and tracking down the latest finds to buy and wear. When she’s not writing about fashion, she pens about the best places to jet-off to. Over her six years with Marie Claire, Sara has reported on the ever-evolving world of fashion— covering both established and emerging designers within the industry. Sara has held fashion positions at Lucky and SELF Magazine and was a regular contributor to Equinox’s Furthermore website, where she wrote across their style, wellness, and travel verticals. She holds a degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri, Columbia, and currently resides in Manhattan. Follow her along at @sarajonewyork.
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