If you only buy one pair of shoes this summer, better make them espadrilles. The humble espadrille has had a bit of a resurgence this season, and a bit of a makeover, with all sorts of variations on a theme available.

Made in Catalonia since the 14th century, these jute-soled shoes made it to Hollywood in the 1940s when Lauren Bacall’s character in the 1948 movie Key Largo wore an ankle-laced pair.

A big favourite in hot, sunny Spain, we don’t have quite the same climate here – and espadrilles are no good when wet. BUT…that doesn’t stop us, and it shouldn’t stop you from grabbing at least one pair this season.

As well as traditional espadrilles – flat with a canvas upper, the espadrille-style sole has been adapted by the fashion world into other version. Wedges are a favourite for this.

The contrast of the light sole looks fab with a dark upper, like black or navy. Choose plain or patterned, striped, lace-up, wedge or mesh.

ESPADRILLES FOR SUMMER1.All-black mesh espadrille, £12.99, H&M 2. Striped, £19.99, H&M 3. Navy wedge heels, £59.95, White Stuff 4. Glitter espadrilles, £38, Schuh 5. Slip-on sandals, £19.99, H&M 6. Tropical floral pattern, £22.50, Lotus @ Debenhams 7. Leather espadrille sandals, £85, French Connection 8. Zig zag pattern lace-ups, £12.99, New Look 9. Espadrille wedge sandals, £39.99, H&M

If black isn’t cutting it for you, then don’t worry – there are so many varieties of espadrilles out there this season, you won’t know where to start! White cut-outs, lace-ups colours, snake-print, metallics, and more tan than you can shake a stick at.


1.White cut-out, £22, Red Herring @ Debenhams 2. purple lace-ups, £19.99, H&M 3. Snakeprint, £19.99, H&M 4. Silver cross over sandals,£29.99, New Look 5. Patterned espadrille wedges, £25, BHS 6. Tan sandals, £55, White Stuff 7. Suede ghillie espadrilles, £22.99, New Look 8. Tan canvas, £12.99, New Look 9. Peep toe, £42, Toms @ Schuh