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


Gladiators – Weekly Wishlist

Gladiators. Gladiator sandals. Who doesn’t have a pair? They’re one of those fashion trends that appeared, and, well, just never left again. It’s not a case of them outstaying their fashion welcome, though, oh no.

Gladiators have become a fashion staple because they should be. They’re stylish, comfortable, easy to wear, and have evolved over the years. There are knee-high gladiators, metallic gladiators, coloured gladiators…you get the idea.

Those Romans and Ancient Greeks knew what they were doing. Okay, we’re not suggesting the modern day gladiator sandals are exact replicas of those the fighters wore inthe arenas in ancient times, but if they’re goof enough for Russell Crowe…

So, gladiators are our weekly wishlist choice this week – all shapes and sizes of them!

The Roman gladiators really did wear their sandals up their legs – to protect their shins, so, if you fancy aping them, try a pair of knee high glads, like the aptly names Spartacus (£65) from Schuh. These fringed beauties come in tan and black.

Perhaps fighting would have been difficult in New Look’s tan knee high high-heeled take on the look (£39.99), but their studded black version (£39.99) is a sandal with attitude!

gladiators weekly wishlist

If you still want a heel, but not the knee-high part, how about Dorothy Perkins’ stylish brown gladiator sandals (£23.20, BHS)? But back on flat ground, Evans’ black wide-fit glads (£28, BHS) are pretty much perfect – and no toe-post, if that’s not your thing.

Gladiators look great in metallic leathers, or with embellishment. Schuh’s bronze lace up version (£45) are a fab summer sandal, and New Look’s embellished take on them (£39.99) will add sparkle to any summer day.  And GAP’s simple thin leather take (£24.95) on the classic gladiator in silver are perfect holiday sandals.

If you prefer a more classic sandal, then H&M’s white version are for you (£19.99) Okay, they’re not overly gladiator-like, but they’re cute and comfy.

White Stuff’s grey leather sandals (£39.95) and French Connection’s black leather sandals (£80) aren’t classics either, but are perfect if you don’t want your gladiators to look, well, too like gladiators!

Finally, if it’s a pop of colour your are after from your gladiators, then go for BHS’s coral pair (£31.50) – not traditional again, but perfectly summery!

Please note that we always endeavour to feature items that are available in Ocean Terminal, however sometimes items featured may be out of stock, and prices may vary due to seasonal reduction