The history of the espadrille spans back to the 14th century and possibly beyond, with the simple shoe starting off life as a practical product of Catalonia, Spain.
Taking its name from the rough grass used to form the rope of its sole – espart – the espadrille has gone on to defy time, remaining true to its original form right up to the modern day.
Thanks to its continued appeal, this footwear silhouette returns in varying guises every year, providing a comfortable, simple and suave beachside shoe that works well in any wardrobe.
See our favourites on the current market below.
1. Marks & Spencer Blue Harbour Striped Espadrille
These smart espadrilles have a real Riviera feel, making them suitable for a casual beachside stroll or an evening out along the harbour.
The contrasting canvas panels and faux leather accents are eye-catching yet sophisticated, while the robust rubber sole ensures that they’ll make it through the summer and beyond.
Try them with slim-fit chinos and a linen shirt for a true gentlemanly finish.
Available at Marks and Spencer, priced £19.50.
2. Castañer Pablo Canvas Espadrilles
Starting life in 1927, specialist Spanish label Castañer is renowned for its luxe espadrilles, with each pair still hand-stitched in its homeland to this very day.
Designs stay true to the traditional canvas upper and rope sole silhouette, coming complete with a reinforced heel for added durability.
We’re particular fans of this muted charcoal pair, which will slot seamlessly into any wardrobe.
Available at Mr Porter, priced £70.
3. ASOS Espadrilles In Suede
In a departure from traditional canvas construction, online retailer ASOS has produced these luxe suede espadrilles for summer 2015.
The soft, supple upper provides comfort like no other, while the rich tan colourway will add a sophisticated touch to any high summer ensemble.
Available at ASOS, priced £35.
4. Toms Black Multi-Stripe Huarache Alpargatas
American footwear label Toms has gone all out with its summer designs this year, offering these alternative Aztec-feel espadrilles.
An eye-catching casual option, they will help make an effortless style statement at a time when outfits are typically pared-back. Plus, with Toms giving back to people in need with every pair of shoes you buy, you know you’re doing good while looking good.
Available at Toms, priced £59.99.
5. H&M Espadrilles
If you want to go for something bold without resorting to print, try this simple pair from H&M on for size.
Pared-back in form, the clean, sharp lines and fuss-free construction keep things feeling slick, while the strong red shade provides a fun pop of colour.
Combine with navy tailored shorts and a plain polo shirt for a nautical vibe.
Available at H&M, priced £8.
6. Folk Canvas Espadrilles
High quality fabrics and premium details come as standard with British label Folk.
Made in Spain for an authentic feel, the striped canvas upper of this pair brings a splash of colour to the simple silhouette, while the cushioned interior and gripped rubber sole ensures comfort over long periods.
Available at Mr Porter, priced £75.
7. River Island Black Leather Perforated Slip On Plimsolls
High street retailer River Island given the traditional espadrille a contemporary tweak via elevated sole and perforated leather upper.
Offering a more premium feel, they’re ideal for those summer evenings in the city or when you’re heading out to dance the night away at the beach bar.
Available at River Island, priced £30.
8. Dune Fence Perforated Espadrilles
Part espadrille, part loafer, this clean white hybrid style by Dune is the perfect option to bridge the gap between smart and casual.
Instead of lugging your suede loafers on holiday this year, try these instead – they’re breathable, soft and easy to pack, plus they’re a lot easier to clean when a fellow reveller inevitably spills their drink on them.
Available at John Lewis, priced £30.
9. Havaianas Origine Eco II Espadrilles
Flip-flop brand Havaianas has adapted its iconic rubber designs to produce an espadrille silhouette this season, adding a canvas upper to its signature solid sole.
Crafted from organic fabrics, this pair is designed to keep your feet cool in the heat, with the soft neutral upper adding to the light and airy feel.
Be sure to pack these wherever you go – they’ll match with everything.
Available at Selfridges, priced £30.
10. Orlebar Brown David Dive Blue Classic Espadrille
When we think of Orlebar Brown, we picture premium quality resortwear that’s perfect for any summer getaway.
These bright blue espadrilles are no exception, made from the British brand’s quick-drying swim fabric and backed with canvas for added stability.
While the rope sole adds a rustic feel, the overall clean finish transforms the humble espadrille into something incredibly slick.
Available at Orlebar Brown, priced £75.