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NEW YORK---If you re craving a lit-
tle more summer in your springtime
wardrobe and you re hesitant to
break out the white pants (it s OK,
but that s another conversation), try
The rope-soled shoes have long been
a staple of the fair-weather seasons,
no matter if there s a chill in the
air or the sidewalks are
steaming. It s all good as
long as the sun is
spring is like
boot in the
director of the beachy brand Calypso St Barth. "It s
a rite of the season."
Style options have increased exponentially as
designers take liberties with the definition---and have
gotten a little smarter about their construction.
Flat versions, wedge versions, sandals, slides and
gladiator lace-up styles are some of the choices of
a shoe with humble roots that was made fashionable
in France and Spain in the mid-20th century.
"I d call anything with the jute (rope) sole an
espadrille," says Miller. "You could have any fabric
for the top---canvas, leather---it could be plastic, but
you have to have the jute. That s what defines it."
Luckily for wearers, especially those who have been
caught in the rain, many espadrilles now have a bot-
tom layer of rubber, too.
But such practicality likely isn t driving the renewed
interest. Alexis Bryan Morgan, executive fashion
director at Lucky magazine, traces this "huge espadrille
moment" to last year s Valentino spring runway.
Seeing lacy black espadrilles paired with a long
lace dress left editors swooning, she said. "It was
styled so elegantly that suddenly this disposable go-
to shoe was also chic and elegant. This brought it
to a whole new level."
You can t really say they re a "trend" because
they re pretty much an annual tradition,
says Tracey Lomrantz Lester, women s
editorial director at Gilt, but she agrees
this season marks a rebirth. They elevate
an outfit without ever looking "too
done," she says.
And, they re fun, says Tana Ward,
senior vice president and chief mer-
chandising officer for American Eagle. They can
bring graphic prints and bright colours to an outfit
without a major commitment, she says.
Lucky s Morgan sees them as a more fashionable
alternative to flip-flops. They can go to the beach
or to dinner, prices tend to be affordable---or at least
less expensive when you are talking Valentino---and
the nautical vibe keeps things relaxed and summery.
As a vacation shoe, it s ideal, she adds. "You re
probably already wearing them so you don t have to
pack any shoes."
Espadrilles are instantly transporting, agrees Lester.
To her, they evoke Brigitte Bardot on the French Riv-
iera, an inspiring image even if you re headed to the
office or running errands, she says. Just throw on a
striped bateau-neck top and white jeans---and voila!
Lester says a white sundress also works, while
Morgan suggests a long maxi or a simple black dress.
She s worn espadrilles with black satin pants and
jeans rolled to a capri length.
Calypso s Miller says a white linen shirt with jeans
and silver espadrilles are a favourite look of hers, but
they offer a lot of flexibility, complementing shorts,
skirts and pants with all sorts of hemlines and sil-
That helps them live through other fads and fash-
For them to last that long, though, Miller suggests
using fabric or leather protector on the uppers, and
glue on the rubber bottom if it starts to separate
from the jute.
Still, Morgan likes to refresh her closet with a new
pair. "So they re not hearty shoes, but that s part of
the appeal. They re casual, they re go-to, they re
beachy. There s a huge variety, but the message is
the same: It s time to relax and be in the sun." (AP)
Go-to shoe on
image released by
Tommy Hilfiger shows a
red and blue striped
This image shows a red,
white and blue canvas
slingback wedge by
A Buti Metallic Espadrille with
an ankle strap and criss cross
toe in matte silver by Calypso
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