Espadrilles. Flat espadrilles that is. I will admit I am a late bloomer to the espadrille fad, but mostly it’s because I can’t help but look at this fashion trend as something I feel I would only be able to re-live, as it is a very old school trend of the past. The wedges that are sweeping the fashion industry right now; huge chunky clod-hopper wedge bottoms finished off with a cork or straw material just does not float my boat anymore. I stopped by a stand at Nordstrom’s the other day and admired a pair of Jimmy Choo wedges. That was until I suddenly woke up and realized it mirrored a shoe I owned in 7th grade.
The double knotted bow-tie snake skin type of strap over the cork bottom followed by a braided straw lining… I just couldn’t. It was terrifying yet nostalgic all at the same time. Does anyone remember SBICCCA platform wedges? Well, I just tossed those shoes about a year ago after (one decade too late) I figured they would never come back into style- and now here I am, face-to-face with the same shoes. So that in turn is why I refuse to promote or endorse any sort of wedge espadrilles, however, put a nice pair of flats on my feet and I’m game for just about anything.
Depending on the industry you work in, I’ve found heels in the office are becoming more and more a thing of the past. Classy flats or espadrilles when the time is right, is a far better move and a necessity if you work in an active environment. As a millennial I will say, rather than sitting at a desk in a stagnant position for over 8 hours, we find ourselves wearing more hats in any role, and with that we are moving around more, attending meetings and in general collaborating in different locations throughout the day. It’s important to be comfortable, secure and in a position where you aren’t going to feel awkward or be in pain at the end of any day.
Here are a handful of my favorites that I definitely have my eye on right now.
ZARA | Printed Leather Espadrilles $79.90
TORY BURCH | Striped T-Shirt Ballet Espadrille $135
TARGET | Womens Rita Espadrille Flats Black $19.99
NORDSTROM | Topshop ‘Kangaroo’ Espadrille Platform Flat $75
CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN | ‘Ares’ Espadrille $625
COLE HAAN | Palermo Espadrille $128