Wednesday, May 28, 2008

On the Street….Espadrilles, NYC

Espadrilles – I wore them in the 80′s but not since.

Does anyone wear them anymore?

Am I missing out on a great Summer footwear option?

I just remember them falling off my foot all the time.

I think they look great in this photo and it makes me reconsider the concept but if I had to choose between my Converse and espadrilles I would still lean toward the Converse.

Help me out and let me hear the pro side to espadrilles.


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  1. .

    May 28, 2008 at 6:49 pm

    I wore them last summer while in Spain. They were comfortable and made me ‘fit’ in with the spanish style.

    I’m not sure if they are an ‘American’ thing…but I wear them to the beach and they are great!

  2. lastrequest

    May 28, 2008 at 6:54 pm

    converse will always be the shoe for all seasons but why not give the espadrilles a chance for summer :)
    i used to have a pair when i was younger..grew out of them and haven’t found decent ones since

  3. ula

    May 28, 2008 at 6:56 pm

    they are cheap and come in zillions of colors, light on the foot and comfortable, i guess. but you’re right with the falling off the foot thing. but for a leisure day at the beach or just hanging around somewhere, they’re fine, i’d give it a try

  4. aviewaskew

    May 28, 2008 at 7:01 pm

    luv the shot…can’t comment on the comfort factor of men’s espadrilles…but i’m with you and my chuck taylor all stars!

  5. Anonymous

    May 28, 2008 at 7:08 pm

    I dunno… I tried on some cheap espadrilles like that here in Inno the other day and they felt, well, cheap. I felt like I should be wearing a denim skirt with them (not in a good way). But for men, maybe different.

    I’d rather buy a pair of Toms – similar look, benefiting charity and less cheesy looking.

  6. nastassia481

    May 28, 2008 at 7:09 pm

    They are cheap great and the brand TOMS donates to kids. Plus there Tre’s chic on men the streets of nyc need more of this

  7. Patricia

    May 28, 2008 at 7:10 pm

    Espadrilles are called “alpargatas” in Spain, and they are very common here. They are in fact the sign of identity of the posh spanish, known as pijos”. Don,t really like this option, at least in the way people wear it in Spain.

  8. Melissa

    May 28, 2008 at 7:12 pm

    they are back. women in sweden love them.

  9. Anonymous

    May 28, 2008 at 7:13 pm

    I’ll have to admit that I looked at the cardigan before I noticed the espadrilles.

  10. Anonymous

    May 28, 2008 at 7:23 pm

    Nothin against the espadrilles but I vote for Converse!

  11. Lily

    May 28, 2008 at 7:25 pm

    I like the espadrilles on men. They have class. If you intend to buy any, choose them really tight- you should almost not be able to get in. Soon they will loosen just to the perfect fit and not fall off your foot-. Good Luck.

  12. Anonymous

    May 28, 2008 at 7:27 pm

    the guy is gorge. wow.

  13. Anonymous

    May 28, 2008 at 7:30 pm

    I LOVE espadrilles-every season I buy new ones, flat,open-toed or with a small heel…made is Spain is best(softer), and go ahead-smash the back down and wear them like slippers.I dislike tennis shoes-except for sport….I think the gentleman looks very chic and quite sophisticated

  14. Anonymous

    May 28, 2008 at 7:35 pm

    They’re making something of a comeback in Britain too – the high street shoe shops all have relatively cheap and stylish ranges out for summer.

    I have a few pairs myself, though I’d be more at home in some low-top Converse too!

  15. Anonymous

    May 28, 2008 at 7:46 pm

    I had a pair in the 80′s too, but with the half inch ribbon of the same fabric as the shoe which you crossed and tied around your ankle. That was the only way to keep them from falling off.

    BTW, I am new to your blog and love it. I look forward to new installments and have been reading the archives! Just so you know, I am not even fashion hip (though I do try and am learning from your site and references),and love it. Your commentary, photos and stories are so enjoyable. Thank you!

  16. Isabella

    May 28, 2008 at 7:49 pm

    I’m Spanish, so I have a thing about espadrilles. I prefer espadrille wedge sandals in women (I have seven pairs!), but I really love men wearing classic espadrilles in the same way the young man in your shot.
    I agree with Patricia: here in Spain espadrilles are the summer footwear of young clasic men. But these guys can also be stylish, aren’t they?

  17. Anonymous

    May 28, 2008 at 7:50 pm

    One of those shoes that is rather ugly so one thinks they must be comfortable but actually they are not. The soles don’t bend so you have to walk like Mr. Munster (The Adam’s Family, no?).

  18. Anonymous

    May 28, 2008 at 7:54 pm

    espadrilles win!
    take it from a woman, espadrilles are what the accidentally attractive 20-something french professional wears on the weekends to a picnic in the park with shorts on a bicycle.

  19. Anonymous

    May 28, 2008 at 7:57 pm

    they’re comfy but it has to be very hot or they look silly. Keep them away from moisture, never step in a puddle or it’s over. I swear I had the same hair, sweater, trousers and espadrilles as your guy in the image. To be the espadrilles are very 80′s summer new wave on a euro bent. I won’t be sporting them again unless I’m in Sardinia or something. Btw found this posting via twitter, right on sart!

  20. Anonymous

    May 28, 2008 at 7:59 pm

    These are quite popular here in Sydney… but we don’t really have a name for them. They’re not that cheap either ($60) from places like Hype DC and Zu.

  21. amelia-eve

    May 28, 2008 at 8:01 pm

    I wore espadrilles all the time when I lived in Rome in the ’80s. They were comfortable, stupid cheap, and they came in every color. The secret is to buy them as small as you can stand to squeeze your foot into at first because they will stretch as you wear them. Not so good in the rain, but so convenient and packable. Now that I think of it, they’d make much nicer commute shoes than the ubiquitous New York flip-flop.

  22. Dainty.Girl

    May 28, 2008 at 8:02 pm

    Weel, here in Brazil they do really look like a gringo(tourist) thing… But why do not give a try?!
    Once, I had alpargatas, and it was pretty cool! With a dress it looks so sweet and feminin… And that’s a look we can wear here, cuz, u know, the whole year is hot!


  23. Anonymous

    May 28, 2008 at 8:03 pm

    @ anon 7:13

    me too… the cardigan is awesome…

  24. Anonymous

    May 28, 2008 at 8:05 pm

    only for the beach…

  25. Anonymous

    May 28, 2008 at 8:07 pm

    I loved my pair last summer, and am excited to wear them again this summer. Pare Gabia has great ones!

  26. Anonymous

    May 28, 2008 at 8:09 pm

    No espadrilles in the city, svp. Great at the beach, but I don’t think concrete and rope soles mix well.

  27. team group leader

    May 28, 2008 at 8:11 pm

    my boyfriend brings back inexpensive espadrilles when he visits his family in france.

    i like to steal them.

    they are super comfortable, slip on easily, and make the transition nicely from house shoe to street wear.

    as others mentioned they are similar to Tom’s, so the wearing of espadrilles also fits in with a timely fashion – especially in skinny-jeaned plaid-shirted hipster circles.

  28. Anonymous

    May 28, 2008 at 8:23 pm

    don’t go near rain or city streets, in either situation the espadrilles will last for, oh ten minutes.


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  30. Lieutenant Glahn

    May 28, 2008 at 8:37 pm

    He looks like Daniel Day-Lewis in My Beautiful Laundrette.

  31. Anonymous

    May 28, 2008 at 8:49 pm

    they are the only shoes i ever wear in the warmer months….perhaps its because, like in spain, the summers are very casual in australia. i love any footwear that doesnt require socks plus the colours are fantastic.

  32. Anonymous

    May 28, 2008 at 8:53 pm

    Espadrilles for the beach or boardwalk, but never in the city. And I must disagree, Converse…the shoe for no seasons, I just detest them. What ever happened to nice sandals?

  33. ale/pepino

    May 28, 2008 at 8:59 pm

    Espadrilles? More like espardenyes, amirite? Alpargatas is OK too but I’d stick to the original.

  34. dave

    May 28, 2008 at 9:13 pm

    I’ll take my Tom’s over espadrilles, but either one works as the perfect summer shoe.

  35. Francesca Hingston

    May 28, 2008 at 9:21 pm

    Im a Londoner and when the weather is mild and it’s not raining (rare), i wear my espadrilles at every opportunity. In “Office” shoe shop they now have them for 2 pairs for something like 15 pounds.. i got some from there the summer before last and they still do me now. I swear by them.

    And yes, agreeing with a comment previously about getting a pair which initially seem a bit too small. If you have to use your finger as a shoehorn with them when trying on then that means that in a day or so of padding around the house in them, they will be THE perfect fit.

    I wear mine with capri length pants or longer length casual shorts and they do give a lovely line. I’m an ex ballet dancer and used to wear ballet flats a lot but since Amy Winehouse and her blood-soaked Freeds…. hmm. Espadrilles are my new choice!

  36. Alexandra

    May 28, 2008 at 9:22 pm

    I think espadrilles are a classic in the US. They are of course, very summer WASP for women – and the truely elegant man can pull them off with elan. (linen pants, a well fitted tee shirt and espadrilles – yum — hmmm not unlike this delicious man)

    Like other comments above, I prefer espadrilles from Spain – they seem to be made better. Typically they aren’t the best deal for espadrilles (and these days with the dollar so low that is even more true) but seem to fit better, feel more comfortable and last longer. In terms of budget, my rule of thumb is they last two to three summers.

    In terms of fit, as they are typically fabric, buy something a bit smaller than you would typically (go for the similar snug feel of a Repetto flat if you are a women) because the fabric will stretch quickly and they will stay on. I have found if they get a bit too big, a bit of water on the fabric (dry in the sun if possible) will help tighten them up again.
    These are NOT for long walks – and I have had the blisters to prove it – but more for the casual lazy summer days.

  37. Anonymous

    May 28, 2008 at 9:24 pm

    Here, in Paris, I wear my espadrilles as soon as I can in the year; this is a simple and classical shoe and the most confortable.
    Espadrilles are just perfect for a “bohème” look…

  38. Anonymous

    May 28, 2008 at 9:35 pm

    I recommend Tom’s. They will fall off your feet all the time, but you’ll be comfortable and cute.

  39. Jonathan

    May 28, 2008 at 9:53 pm

    Other than the fact that the word itself, ‘espadrilles,’ is fun to pronounce, and that they were usually attached to the euro-girls, they’ve never done anything for me.

    I’ve always been a converse kid.

  40. zerzanfan

    May 28, 2008 at 9:55 pm

    I wanted a pair so badly that I asked some friends who were going to Spain for their honeymoon last month to pick me up a pair. They brought me two – one in navy, one in bright red. I am in love with them.

  41. Anonymous

    May 28, 2008 at 9:55 pm

    I wear the espadrilles that lace up to the ankles, like the ones you buy in the old espadrille shops in Barcelona’s Gothic quarter. You may see them more on women these days, particularly on hideous Louboutin platforms, but if you look at old pictures of Dali and Picasso, they wear them well with white summer pants, especially slightly cropped like the ones George Cortina wears in your images from last week. They may not be as comfortable on the soles (the rope instep is scratchy) but I have my shoemaker glue leather thin insoles on them and vamonos a la playa! – Sr. Cruz, W. Village

  42. la sartorialista

    May 28, 2008 at 10:10 pm

    Alpargatas are absolutely the best shoe for the summer. I have about 12 pairs(from Menorca) in various colors and I wear them all summer long. I think ersatz Chinese faux espadrilles are horrible. Only the real ones will do, I wear my maroon alpargatas in San Miguel de Allende, my dark green ones in Maine, my black ones in Boston, and I’m saving my pale blue ones for the right place and the right time. They are the perfect summer dry place shoe, with the emphasis on the dry! I don’t like the wedgies with the ribbons, too much trouble! The original flat ones with the white stitching are the best because they evoke beach.

    I have been wearing them since I was about twelve after I saw them in a bad 70′s movie about two teenagers who run off to the south of France and have a baby, music by Elton John!

  43. a.j.

    May 28, 2008 at 10:11 pm

    People have been wearing them here in Sydney in the past year or so ..

    at first it was really cool ..

    and then it got old again. Back to converse, vans and keds.

  44. Anonymous

    May 28, 2008 at 10:25 pm

    no converse & no espadrilles for me

  45. Anonymous

    May 28, 2008 at 10:29 pm

    Little bourgeois parisians have been wearing espadrilles every summer for the past 4 years now…

    Just like the “pijos” that Patricia talked about in Spain, the people who wear them in Paris make me hate them.

    No possible way they can seriously become a great summer footwear option, maybe an acceptable one on the beach…

    Converse will remain the queen! (shoes is feminine in French!)

  46. Anonymous

    May 28, 2008 at 10:54 pm

    I was in a discount store a couple of days ago and saw a pair & commented on how funny looking they were and we had a giggle trying some on. then a day later, saw a cool looking chick wearing a pair and she made them look SO stylish I now want a pair! love them in a light denim colour!

  47. -h of candid cool

    May 28, 2008 at 11:21 pm

    This gentleman wears them very well.

    1st time I really took note of the espadrilles on men was when Kris Van Assche showed them in his spring 06 collection.

  48. hakkamui

    May 28, 2008 at 11:24 pm

    I think espadrilles give a touch of elegance in addition to the casualness it carries. It is like telling the whole world, “I don’t care what you think of me, I am cool, I am who I am”.

  49. jana

    May 28, 2008 at 11:28 pm

    Espadrilles are fabulous. I love wearing the flat ones, which make me feel like I’m on a Catalonian Holiday in the sunshine. Converse are perhaps more suitable for daily/city wear, whereas espadrilles are perfect for leisure activities. I also really like slightly heeled wedged espadrilles that tie up ones leg (for women, of course) that I think are classic with any spring or summer frock.

  50. nightingale

    May 28, 2008 at 11:34 pm

    I was such a fan of espadrilles in the 80′s– my favorite was a pink pair from Italy that tied up like ballet slippers. But wearing them again would feel like too much of a time warp.

  51. Fashion Addict

    May 29, 2008 at 12:05 am

    The cool kids have been wearing them for about a year,i’m not that cool.
    If I’m going to wear a shoe like that I prefer to wear Tom’s,they have a great charity concept and they come in many colors too, you can even bring your own print.

    I still rather wear my Chucks.

  52. Anonymous

    May 29, 2008 at 12:11 am

    Oh weird..A friend of mine just brought me a pair of these back from Spain…I put them on but I dunno…just couldn’t get into them..they weren’t terribly comfortable either…though I have a feeling they are going to making a big comeback soon..

  53. Anonymous

    May 29, 2008 at 12:18 am

    You can always slip them on like mules because no matter how tight you get them they stretch out and will not stay on your feet. I usually sew ribbons on for the girls so they can tie them at the ankles. Definitely more of a euro look for men.

  54. lauren

    May 29, 2008 at 12:22 am

    YES!!! loving it – i bought some in paris when i was living there and they are a mess now i wear them a lot … looking for some new ones in the states… can any one tell me where to look? the classic kind. i know there is a great site from spain but it’s $70 for shipping! that’s more than the shoe costs!! help! i love them! i still wear my worn out ones all the time with skinny jeans and a t-shirt. i feel so french! ooh la la!

  55. Anonymous

    May 29, 2008 at 12:24 am


    can any one tell me a web site in the states where you can get them?

  56. theo

    May 29, 2008 at 12:28 am

    no! no wayyyy! every cheap metro here in australia sports these horrible things. they’re a club kid’s delight!
    sorry, i know this was meant to be pro-espadrille, but the worst people here wear them and i just wanted to warn you.
    what about something as equally classic and simple as a pair of cons; vans authentics in white/white?

  57. Regina

    May 29, 2008 at 12:32 am

    In Brazil they are called alpargatas, and they are kinda comfortable, cheap and look “summery”, but anyway… even though this guy looks great, I don’t like this kind of shoes specially when worn by boys. In that case, I prefer birkenstocks (but not that german heavy “thing”. I mean “franciscan sandals” as we call them here, those sandals that Franciscan priests wear. Those are great!)

  58. Anonymous

    May 29, 2008 at 12:33 am

    Just think how much more conventional he’d look with the Converse, though. The espadrilles really make his look — he seems casual and laid back, but in a really high class way. They make him seem beachy, but in this great Hemingway way. I think the Converse would just hipster-fy it all…

  59. Anonymous

    May 29, 2008 at 12:48 am

    Espadrilles, much like Sperry Top-Siders (yes– I know, Top-Siders weren’t exclusive to the ’80s, but they were hugely popular, and sadly, making a comeback of sort now…), ought to be left in the ’80s. I remember looking at my older sister’s GQ magazines in ’86 when I was about 9 and seeing espadrilles featured in every damn editorial. I hated them then as a kid, and I hate them now as an adult. There are so many better options than these horrors. Avoid, avoid, avoid.


  60. OxFam-UT Products Action Team

    May 29, 2008 at 1:20 am

    Toms* are big in Austin now – a fun form of espadrilles

  61. Anonymous

    May 29, 2008 at 1:27 am

    When I was in high school in the late ’70s (in little ol’ Burbank, CA) I (a fashion-forward girl in “drama”) was chided for wearing my cool mom’s (same size 5) so-chic espadrille wedgies: so light, so casually perfect, so rooted in an earthy way… one pair had laces that tied up the ankle… can’t find them under $60 not and not as well made, but your wonderful shot reminds me to go looking seriously this summer. Thanks!

  62. Anonymous

    May 29, 2008 at 1:42 am

    i used to wear my espadrilles a lot last summer/this spring, but they actually start to hurt after some time… plus the white ones get dirty very quickly. anyway, i think they are great. especially on hot summer days they are more comfortable than ballett flats. oh, and love this look.

  63. Lost&NOTfound

    May 29, 2008 at 1:49 am

    actually they were a MUST in spain 3 years ago… and it seems they are back in europe this summer… ive seen them in london and switzerland…. so maybe its just and european thing


    ps: thay are really confortable and cheap!! i had one on every color!!!!

  64. Anonymous

    May 29, 2008 at 1:51 am

    Please be respectful with a fashion item like ESPARDENYES. Gucci used them last year as a fashion footwear collection, nothing to say. Espardenyes are common in Catalonia on summer and they are an icon on Mediterranean way of live.

  65. luciat

    May 29, 2008 at 2:12 am

    well, they hurt above the heel when I wore them in the eighties
    I mean, they always left me bleeding! and I had the right measure, it wasn’t that
    (sorry for my english, hope it’s understandable)

  66. Anonymous

    May 29, 2008 at 2:15 am

    In France they did a big “come back” two years ago.

    From old ones, mostly stone washed blue, people went to fancy colors stripes.

    In a more sophisticated version some labels merged the espadrille style with the Roman sandals.
    Latest ad’ from Lacoste are great for this…

  67. Anonymous

    May 29, 2008 at 2:17 am

    toms are great! you can also get them at the marc by marc jacobs store for very cheap… (toms are better though)

  68. nevada

    May 29, 2008 at 2:30 am

    surely you jest!! espadrilles!! fashion faux-pas

  69. cél

    May 29, 2008 at 2:31 am

    here in belgium, all young people wear them…

  70. Anonymous

    May 29, 2008 at 2:44 am

    Espadrilles are available all over Paris this summer, and I’ve seen them on fashion forward individuals and those that are less so. I’ve also seen them making appearances in the south (particularly on men).

  71. Anonymous

    May 29, 2008 at 2:48 am

    Espadrilles started making a come back in France some two years ago. I think even Hermès had them in their summer collection at the time. I must admit they aren’t very comfortable if you have to walk or cycle.

  72. FreshFish

    May 29, 2008 at 2:51 am

    Here in Paris you see espadrilles sometimes, and it always makes a great look. I got one pair too, and I’m waiting for the sunny days to wear them. The ony thing that could be a little “weird” is to wear “holiday shoes” at work. I’m pretty sure at least half of the people will laught at them, but if it looks great, I don’t give a damn. And converse are so “I had no other soes to wear” (but less than crocs)

  73. { KRIS }

    May 29, 2008 at 3:07 am

    Espadrilles have been popular here in Sweden for the last few years now for both men and women. They are the essence of easy, Summer casual and look great with chinos rolled (skinny) at the hem. I had a pair that fell off the foot but this is easily fixed with a few stitches to the back seam. I would say you are missing out!

  74. murasaki-s

    May 29, 2008 at 3:09 am

    quite a trend. they are in all shops here in Moscow, we got a pair for each of us with my BF and truly enjoy it. They look clumsy and cute. I did not have them in the SU times, but now they do not fall off the leg. We even took them one size bigger for extra relaxed feeling.

  75. Isa

    May 29, 2008 at 3:17 am

    Here in Barcelona it’s like THE summer shoes. Very useful when going to the beach or going for a walk. The best manufacturer: Castañer. Another nice summmer Shoes are the Majorcan Avarcas. Do you know them?

  76. GvanMeinecke

    May 29, 2008 at 3:55 am

    Nice one – goes very well all together european
    What do call this type of throusers? or are these chinos
    Love espadrilles!!! been looking for ages for a pair
    @ Lauren could please give me the website where u can buy them

    Lacoste got in this year spring/summer nice ones Riba Jute called u find them s/s footwear / Men / club

    Does anybody else have sites ?

  77. littlecough

    May 29, 2008 at 3:57 am

    I got mine in an old fashioned shop in Cornwall. They are the shoes I get the most compliments on, and the cheapest. I too wore mine with stripes recently, but felt a little yachty. I’m trying to stagger my maritime items so as not to become a costume!

  78. Anonymous

    May 29, 2008 at 4:05 am

    espadrilles are great and sooo stylish specially on men!

    In the 1920 and 30′s men wore them with summer pants, preferable narrow pants and with ankle straps, that really looks so cool , still now , there is one man in paris who still knows how to wear them during summer, he is the owner of a great specialty store ” Anatomica” in the marais. They are a pain if you want shoes in your size while they tend to sell them to you 2 sizes bigger, apperantly that is how you should wear your shoes, but they are “uber” cool. Scott that is probably the place to go whenever you are back in paris.

  79. The

    May 29, 2008 at 4:07 am

    Converse does not let the foot breath, espadrilles does…I`am flying to Barcelona and I will buy some….

  80. Lakmi C. Flecha

    May 29, 2008 at 4:16 am

    There’s just no comparison between Espadrilles and Chuck Taylors when it comes to perspiration! Espadrilles keep your feet cool, CTs in the summer feel like your feet are stuck in two mini-saunas.

    And yes, buy them on the small side and they’ll soon fit like a glove.

  81. Anonymous

    May 29, 2008 at 4:32 am

    Very in vogue here in Portugal and Spain. I have it and love it.

  82. Anonymous

    May 29, 2008 at 4:37 am

    You are missing out !
    Espadrille is the French CHic summer shoe ! (Im french)
    Men in espadrille are so cool in summer in Paris.
    Seriously it is chic, cheap , and can adapt to any outfit since there are mutitudes of color.
    Even as a woman i where them. Even thought the original does look wonders on men.

  83. Anonymous

    May 29, 2008 at 4:39 am

    Here in Berlin the espadrilles-thing started 3 years ago. I liked them a lot but I don’t think they are an option for me this summer. Look good on the picture though.

  84. Ana

    May 29, 2008 at 4:43 am

    They were really popular here in France 2 years ago and they’re making a comeback on my boyfriend’s feet ;-)
    I like them if they’re not too slouchy, it makes your look nonchalant.

  85. Anonymous

    May 29, 2008 at 4:53 am

    Here in France, espadrilles are de rigeur especially in beachy areas. Saw a distinguished older man with chocolate brown leather ones. He looked relaxed and hip. Here’s a link for striped espadrilles from the Basque region:

  86. Anonymous

    May 29, 2008 at 5:02 am

    I see them a lot in Paris and I really like them! They’re great comfortable summer wear! Of course- it depends on the outfit and occasion. I think they look great here!

  87. Maria

    May 29, 2008 at 5:12 am

    Amazed at mentions of Spain and Catalonian holidays :D
    I wear them in the house, and also for beach/swimming pool, because they are much better than plastic sandals.
    Not for the city, though, because they are not really comfortable for long walks, and break easily. (But sometimes, when I’m having an I-don’t-care-how-I-look day, I do).

  88. Anonymous

    May 29, 2008 at 5:20 am

    I read in a magazine the other day that they are, as you say, this summer’s great footwear option. But it wasn’t a fashion magazine and I haven’t seen it anywhere else, so I’m still a bit sceptical! I guess if you can pull it off like this then go for it.

  89. Maeva

    May 29, 2008 at 5:24 am

    Espadrilles, Espadrilles. Just cool, relax, like you were in the Hamptons, that’s only my idea of espadrilles…
    Hey, the Sarto.. i’m really fond of your pictures.. It’s a pleasure. See you for news ++

  90. AntĂłnio Erre

    May 29, 2008 at 5:34 am

    I agree with you Sart. Espadrilles were a must “via Ralph Lauren” (remember the advertising campaign of the 80′s).
    I still use them as slippers, in the summer, in Tangier and Cabanas at Algarve,

  91. Anonymous

    May 29, 2008 at 5:36 am

    They definitely bring back childhood memories – summer holidays en Provence… and they are worth trying again: not meant to last forever, cheap and comfy (even maybe not made for running around the city for hours), yet classy (unlike other things from the 80s). So why not give it a try? It goes without saying that you shouldn’t wear them if there’s even the slightest chance of rain…
    Oh, and another pro that hasn’t come up yet in comparison with the alternative: Converse/Keds/Superga/etc. worn in the heat of summer = sweaty, smelly feet
    So much for Espadrilles!

  92. Anonymous

    May 29, 2008 at 5:50 am

    in europe, they’re very usual I love them on men.

  93. tokio

    May 29, 2008 at 5:58 am

    I’m from Spain and most people wear “espardeďż˝as” here. I love them, they can be very cool sometimes.

  94. concupiscence

    May 29, 2008 at 6:01 am

    it’s as simple as rubber versus jute. the upper canvas remains. if you’ll be running though, there are few good words you can put in for espadrilles.

  95. Bea

    May 29, 2008 at 6:08 am

    I agree, only suitable with really warm weather.
    Great mix:
    pink lacoste + khakhis to the knee+ espadrilles+ a nice tan :)

    Flip flops also slide off and everybody wears them….better espadrilles, I don’t want to remember the things I’ve sometimes seen inside flip flops. They called them feet but they were long nailed dirty paws!

    It’s stupid how fond I am of blond men.

    Congrats for your blog!

  96. Anonymous

    May 29, 2008 at 6:18 am

    If your spadrilles (alpargatas or esparteñas in Spanish) tend to fall off your feet you bought the bigger number. That being the case, I suggest you act as we Spanish do and wear them heeled off.
    They’re more comfortable and fresher than converse for hotter days.
    The peeptoe models are the coolest for girls.

  97. Anonymous

    May 29, 2008 at 6:43 am

    Yea it’s Espardenya :P
    I can’t say I like them too much, they’re high end casual/I live on the street-ish.
    Not my thing.
    But I guess they’re perfect for warm summers and walking in the Pyrenees!

  98. Gilad

    May 29, 2008 at 6:45 am

    love the shoes and the pants. however i have to say the cardigan is kind of over. it seems like every man on the street is wearing some sort of variation of a horizontal striped sweater. moreover, blue and white stripes. how unoriginal. i realize it’s a staple of the yachting/sailing look. but this scandinavian looking guy just looks plain conventional. at least he wore alpargatas instead of converse. then he would have really looked like a gap ad.

  99. Anonymous

    May 29, 2008 at 6:46 am

    Espadrilles are the most stylish and elegant shoe one can wear, at least in the casual-sphere of foot wear.
    Houellebecq wrote about them as one of the most pleasurable things in life.
    Men in a summer suit+espadrilles are so sexy, nothing beats that. They look casual but elegant, wheras I find sandals on men look easily feminin (plus a beautiful foot is a MUST) and sneakers in summer looks like the guy has nothing better to wear.

  100. Grismarengo

    May 29, 2008 at 6:51 am

    Grismarengo. I Vote for Espadrilles (“espardenyes”, which is a catalan and traditional shoe Spain). Symply classic and atemporal. In dry summer possibly the most comfortable shoes, and enough stylish to be the protagonist of the summer collection of Lacoste. Even the classic ones with. Look a this page of Spanish Vogue:

  101. Yanis

    May 29, 2008 at 6:59 am

    Here in France we used to wear Espadrilles during summer.

    Personnaly i love black one

  102. Anonymous

    May 29, 2008 at 7:07 am

    Spadrilles are a must in Spanish men apparel, I don’t know any guy here that does not own a pair, either for the beach or to wear in casual styles in general, any color, they are cheap and if they get dirty you just throw them away and get a new pair. For women, better to get a pair of CASTAĂ‘ER. For girls is a nice cute casual outfit.

  103. Reemer Feddes

    May 29, 2008 at 7:18 am

    My Espadrilles (4 pair) are refreshed every summer. Love them. No sweat and feels like walking barefoot. Converse make me sweat. And Espa’s like nice because they are that simple.

  104. Anonymous

    May 29, 2008 at 7:20 am

    Espadrilles are not for the city, any city except perhaps St Tropez? But they are a great beach shoe. As for falling off he foot; when i was a child in France we used to carefully and neatly fold down the backs, and wear them like a canvas clog – easier to shake the sand out too. For the city, i’m with you on the converse.

  105. Anonymous

    May 29, 2008 at 7:23 am

    they work..if your spanish or south american. and squash the back heel down so there more like slides. but apart from that…wear with caution!

  106. Anonymous

    May 29, 2008 at 7:46 am

    Espadrilles have been popular in Denmark for the past few years now, but they seem to have peaked now. Now gladiator sandals are all over the place!!!
    Espadrilles are quite comfortable, but the material is crappy for a shoe. After a month they are good to throw out!!!

  107. Anonymous

    May 29, 2008 at 8:05 am

    Just bought a white pair in Barcelona in a cool shop in Santa Maria del Mar area.

    To be used for beach days.

    As an Italian, I could not afford a larger use of them.

  108. Anonymous

    May 29, 2008 at 8:25 am

    It is classier and more of a statement than a converse….

  109. miloscz

    May 29, 2008 at 8:31 am

    It’s the name that does it, at least for me, this far south of the equator. I thought they were a bit passe until I was reminded of their correct name. Now every callow youth from Bondi to Bell’s Beach will take on a whiff of the elegant, which should put paid to their popularity immediately.

  110. Marky

    May 29, 2008 at 8:38 am

    I’m reminded of all the times I’ve worn them clubbing and they’ve slipped off as they were literally stuck to a sticky dance floor…and all the other times I’ve worn them all day pounding the city concrete streets shopping and ended up with tired feet by the end of the day.

    …having said that, I still think they’re great, as they are easy to throw in the washing machine being cheap canvas, and work with many dress situations. I just need to stop wearing them if I’ll be on the run all day!

    By the way, must be worn with sockettes! You shouldn’t be able to see them and you’ll be able to wear them for a while no sweat.

    Here in Melbourne, Australia, they’re all the rage for any season and quite a diverse range of guys are wearing them – from the new wave kids hanging out at all the super cool, hard-to-find laneway bars in the central city to slightly-older guys who are married with kids but haven’t lost they’re groove. Last Summer they were everywhere, teamed with shorts cutting a bit above the knee or half way up the thigh (for those with a bity more courage!). I dare say that they were the best footwear for short shorts.

  111. Anonymous

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  112. Anonymous

    May 29, 2008 at 8:47 am

    I bought two pairs in Saint-Jean-de-Luz about five years ago. I loved finding them in their natural environment, made me feel like an authentic traveller. They reminded me of Hemmingway’s friends Sara and Gerald Murphy, photographed on the beach, or the Radziwells exploring the Med in the 60′s.

    I loved those espadrilles, and wore them around Positano and Capri and the year after in Montauk with 80′s Ralph Lauren madras pants. They define Summer ease… but never wear them in town!!! (unless you’re skinny, sixteen, in a band- and even then…)

  113. amy

    May 29, 2008 at 9:01 am

    i love my chucks, been wearing them for over 20 years, but the espadrilles do look fresh. love the chocolate with the navy/white. if i remember correctly, the espadrilles hurt at the end of the day and the converse don’t. big in spain still, right?

  114. Anonymous

    May 29, 2008 at 9:01 am

    They are really “in” here in Europe, or at least in Spain and France. In the Basque Country we wear them even if they are not trendy any more. You should never let them down in summer!

  115. Anonymous

    May 29, 2008 at 9:03 am

    How could you survive a summer without them? As a female, I favor the version with the 2.5 inch wedge and the ties around the ankle. I buy two every summer in different colors from (made by Andre Assous) and have my shoe genius put a thin rubber layer on the bottom so they don’t disintegrate in the rain. Inexpensive, comfortoble, versatile, and just look at Coco Chanel in any summer photo.

  116. amy

    May 29, 2008 at 9:05 am

    w/out the espadrilles, i think this look would be bland. the chocolate color keeps it sophisticated.

  117. Allison

    May 29, 2008 at 9:06 am

    Look great if they’re Castaner and there’s a woman with nice legs wearing them…only man they looked good on was Picasso and I think this boy was inspired by him when he pulled of this look.Converse rule!

  118. Anonymous

    May 29, 2008 at 9:16 am

    Brooks Brothers had great espadrilles for women last year but the sizing ran super-small. Love his in brown.

  119. Anonymous

    May 29, 2008 at 9:18 am

    people, one doesn’t need to choose between all stars and espadrilles… they both rock in different ways.

  120. Hovey Vintage

    May 29, 2008 at 9:27 am

    Who wouldn’t want to feel a bit more European wearing espadrilles and basking in the summer sun while having a long leisurely lunch. They are the summer must have!

  121. Anonymous

    May 29, 2008 at 9:30 am

    That was a misquote, it’s Philippe Delerm who wrote of the pleasure of slipping on a pair of espadrilles comes summer, not Houellebecq, which didn’t sound acurate..

  122. Anonymous

    May 29, 2008 at 10:06 am

    when i was a young girl in iowa in the later 80′s early 90′s i was rocking out the espadrills like no one else….now that i think about it, i have no idea where i could have bought them…anyway, my feeling about them now is that they are due for a comeback – for men or women. they’re effortless and chic and a bit iconic. having said that, i now wear Tom’s. btw, this guy’s hairline is fierce.

  123. Anonymous

    May 29, 2008 at 10:09 am

    They are the rage in Spain. Whenever I’m in Madrid or Barcelona I get a pair in a fun color.

  124. Joshua

    May 29, 2008 at 10:12 am

    When I worked at Cargo (when the magazine still existed) we ran a spread on espadrille, and we weren’t the only ones. That was, what, two or three years ago? So they’ve been on the radar for a bit already.

    Actually, now that I think about it, you’ve photographed Bruce Pask, Josh Peskowitz, and Eugene Tong on this site – they were all at Cargo, too.

  125. Anonymous

    May 29, 2008 at 10:13 am

    try the slip-on version of spain’s ‘victoria’ shoes — the spanish version of keds. very very cute. and lots of colours. (and they’ve got the sweetest tiny rainbows victoria tag). they look similar to these. i know you can get them in london, so imagine they could be found SOMEWHERE in nyc.

  126. Emma

    May 29, 2008 at 10:14 am

    Hell yes!! If you’d like a slightly more upmarket espadrille go for a pair of Toms – they are super comfortable and look great in the summer.

  127. MsSvelteNY

    May 29, 2008 at 10:15 am

    I pretty much feel the same way about them. Cheap, doesn’t hold up well if you’re very pedestrian. To the beach, pool sure fine. I did buy a stylish variation of them by DKNY with red straps. The amount of attention I got was overwhelming. Probably due to the contrast against my dark skin but that’s as close as it’ll get for me.

  128. LE BLOG

    May 29, 2008 at 10:18 am

    Our “alpargatas” are very cheap here in Spain (like 4$), and they are perfect for summer. Although I prefer them on men, (on women they look less “elegant”).

  129. KB

    May 29, 2008 at 10:21 am

    Love them. They’re cheap but comfortable. Great around the house as slip-ons, but also for when the weather prevents socks.

  130. Anonymous

    May 29, 2008 at 10:23 am

    That has been an european trend for seasons.

  131. Luciernaka

    May 29, 2008 at 10:24 am

    I lived last year in Salamanca in Madrid. Pija heaven. Espadrilles were everywhere. I thought they were sort of silly then, too fragile for a big city, but now I like them. They are sort of nostalgic, romantic, long lost summer nights of youth or something.

  132. Anonymous

    May 29, 2008 at 10:36 am

    Every kid in stockholm wear them!!

  133. Lacey @ The Road is Life

    May 29, 2008 at 10:39 am

    I was just thinking about how I wish I had brought my pair back from France— I have been wanting to wear them! It seems everyone had them where I was in Limousin, France– it wasn’t even for style just an easy shoe for the summer time–but looked quite nice. Though, the really aren’t too comfortable, but easy to get on and off.

  134. LastNight

    May 29, 2008 at 10:44 am

    Those are Toms not espadrilles. They are super comfy and made in an earth friendly manner. Also, they donate a free pair of shoes to kids in need. Also, the owner of Toms is ABSURLDY HOT.


  135. Anonymous

    May 29, 2008 at 10:49 am

    I live in Paris and you find espadrilles sold on the streets everywhere. At first I was a little hesitant, but I hate seeing and wearing flip-flops in public. I bought some espadrilles for 5 euros and they are great. The key is to buy them a bit smaller than your usual size. You want them secure on your foot. I recommend a rethink.

  136. Ignacia

    May 29, 2008 at 10:54 am

    Here in Chile they are very popular in summer, since a couple of years.

  137. jakubowski

    May 29, 2008 at 10:56 am

    seems like you need to have purchased them in Spain…

  138. Kanani

    May 29, 2008 at 10:57 am

    They fell off my foot too. Maybe it’s because I have a narrow heel. Also, I found the bottoms itchy in hot hot weather.

  139. theodore

    May 29, 2008 at 11:07 am

    These are a good new choice…. here’s the link

    Also, why not Spring Court’s instead on Converse????

  140. lintmag

    May 29, 2008 at 11:08 am

    Just go through some vintage Lartigue photos – those great style shots might put you in an espadrille mood!
    I would always look twice (in a good way) at a guy in espy’s.

  141. Anonymous

    May 29, 2008 at 11:16 am

    We in Europe love them an use them all the time! Espadrilles in all kinds off colors are allways a great add to your outfit! You should have them in USA too!

  142. Michael

    May 29, 2008 at 11:16 am

    Like everything else, it depends on the wearer. I know I (a guy) could never wear them, but they do look good on the guy in the pic.

  143. Anonymous

    May 29, 2008 at 11:21 am

    I’m so surprised to see such an unabashed love of espadrilles which I think are simply hideous and ill chosen – on men (at least in American cities, my experience) and women (cheap looking, IMHO) and because they dirty and wear so quickly look like they should be discarded soon after purchase. Stick with Converse Sart! (I love this guy’s cardigan, though).

  144. Anonymous

    May 29, 2008 at 11:27 am

    France, South-West coast. Summer. Beach. Espadrilles everywhere !
    It’s a “must have”.

  145. pepe

    May 29, 2008 at 11:42 am

    I never thought about it until this post. Now I want some. But for the beach only, and really hot days. Now, where to find them in Los Angeles.

  146. mh

    May 29, 2008 at 11:47 am

    I have worn espadrilles for more than twenty years. They are a timeless classic. My foot is a half size, so I go up a size. The trick to make them form fitting is to wear them, wet them & let them dry. They conform to your foot perfectly.

  147. Thomas

    May 29, 2008 at 11:50 am

    These look a lot like TOMS, the company that donates a pair for every pair you buy. Some people dislike them, but considering the cause they’re a half-decent looking shoe.

  148. Anonymous

    May 29, 2008 at 12:03 pm

    Walk around Barcelona from May to Septembre, you’ll see tons of espardilles.

    With and without heels, they have plenty combinations, colors and different models.

    And (some) of them are very cheap!

  149. Anonymous

    May 29, 2008 at 12:09 pm

    I have a black pair from France and wear them with the backs crushed down (like slippers). I think they pair well with beach wear and anything linen – especially nice wide-legged trousers.

    I would never wear espadrilles in the city – seems strange.

  150. Anonymous

    May 29, 2008 at 12:27 pm

    Every year I buy a pair of espadrilles when I am on vacation in France. You cannot be in a hurry when you wear them. And that’s a nice feeling when on vacation in France.

  151. Klara

    May 29, 2008 at 12:30 pm

    Here in Munich they are actually very popular but mostly amongst teenagers. Navy, green and white ones are the most common.

  152. Joe

    May 29, 2008 at 12:48 pm

    I love the relaxed and streamlined look of espadrilles. I have been debating getting some for spring/summer. Does anyone have a recommendation for where to purchase them in America?

  153. Anonymous

    May 29, 2008 at 1:07 pm

    The older they are, the better.

  154. Anonymous

    May 29, 2008 at 1:08 pm

    come in France… and you will see !!!

  155. An Aesthete's Lament

    May 29, 2008 at 1:24 pm

    I have 20-odd pairs of espadrilles that I bought in Madrid a few years ago. My favorites are white and have traditional ankle laces in bright red.

  156. Anonymous

    May 29, 2008 at 1:41 pm

    stick to loafers.

  157. Anonymous

    May 29, 2008 at 2:02 pm

    They are very popular in Paris. I wear them with the back folded in so they become more akin to a flip flop, and have actually seen them with the material that would ordinarily go around the heel folded in stores like Faconnable. Much better then converse, as converse are worn by every living creature on earth, and unlike coca-cola something is lost because of this mass consumption.

  158. Jill

    May 29, 2008 at 2:27 pm

    DH picked up two pairs in Spain a couple of years ago. he gets grief from his v. conservative U.S. friends, but he likes to wear them in the summer. he has sensitive feet so buys them lined. i think they were about 10 Euro a pair then.

    i personally wear a pair that i bought at the same time – wedges and lace ups (i don’t wear flats) – and they are so comfortable. i have a couple of bastardized American versions with leather and also a rubber sole. they’ve held up very well but i don’t consider wearing them if the sky even hints at rain.

    i think this man looks great.

  159. stefani de la o

    May 29, 2008 at 2:32 pm

    ive worn them all my life and stopped wearing them when i moved back tot he us a few years ago. then last year i found them in brazil and started wearing them again, then mr elbaz made them for lanvin, and i realized they were back. Now i see them everywhere. they are the most comfortable shoe ever. so much better than a converse, but then again i dont wear sneakers.

  160. Alexandra Rose Penney

    May 29, 2008 at 2:35 pm

    i think men’s espadrilles are quite chic and european.

    ralph lauren makes some wonderful variations.

  161. Anonymous

    May 29, 2008 at 2:39 pm

    I had a dozen pair in the 80s…bought in France…as cheap as a magazine.

    Now I live in Brooklyn. They are not for the city IMO. But I don’t wear flipflops on the street either.

  162. styleandsubstance

    May 29, 2008 at 2:40 pm

    I’ve had espadrilles and never found them that comfotable. I got a pair of TOMS and after wearing them for the day went back and got two more pair. MUCH more comfortable! Also if it is raining, no big deal cause the sole is more of a rubbery thing than a rope thing. Plus I can’t discount the “sell a pair/give a pair away to charity” thing the company does. They are pretty cheap too.

  163. Anonymous

    May 29, 2008 at 2:47 pm

    142 comments on espadrilles?! Enough already people! Sart, have you made your mind up? your public wants an American in London Sart opinion…

  164. Smalls

    May 29, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    To second an early post. Toms are great. I have them in 2 colors and they can be a great contrast with a spring/summer suit.

  165. Anonymous

    May 29, 2008 at 2:52 pm

    we are HEATED on the subject of espadrilles aren’t we?
    I like the classy silhouette created but I prefer to do it with a marc jacobs vans slip-on, say. It’s an upmarket take on a hipster classic. I will not be wearing these espadrilles.
    (and If I’m made to choose from the presented options go converse all the way)
    seriously though, vans x marc jacobs.

  166. Rosanna

    May 29, 2008 at 3:12 pm

    I think they look nice and relaxed. The shape is very similar to Tom’s shoes; which you may consider more because of the philanthropic cause:

  167. Anonymous

    May 29, 2008 at 3:20 pm

    Espadrilles…. part of my life and growing up always blue for some reason, for house with the heel turned down, beach, town, dresses or trouses – they are for any one who wants to be comfortable in the summer. Buy them a little bit on the small side because the material will give. Converse has a long history but espadrilles go back further. Lovely photo and wonderful chocolate brown.

  168. Anonymous

    May 29, 2008 at 3:34 pm

    It’s the must have of this summer! Perfect with a 40′s pant short cut. I’ve bought wonderfull ones, especially at Lanvin…It’s Paris must have!

  169. Minx

    May 29, 2008 at 3:35 pm

    Didn’t Cary Grant wear espadrilles in “To Catch A Thief”?

    Say no more.

  170. Anonymous

    May 29, 2008 at 3:46 pm

    Espadrilles are a great summer shoe…cooler and more breathable than converse for the hot summer months. an ankle tie on the girls version helps with the slipping.

  171. Storm

    May 29, 2008 at 3:47 pm

    The shoes define the style I think. With this outfit espadrilles make the look nautical and summery. Whilst Converse would change the look to slightly geeky French student.

  172. Andrea

    May 29, 2008 at 3:50 pm

    I think converse and espadrilles are way too different to be compared against each other. Espadrilles are great in the summer if you don’t need to walk much (they burn the soles of your feet). Wonderful and mega stylish as beach wear, my favorite are black and I always wear them with the heel tucked under my feet. I would totally buy them! You’ll feel as if you are in southern France and you only want to wear stripped t-shirts all of a sudden!!

  173. MrRonfeld

    May 29, 2008 at 4:12 pm

    No. I think they are a marvelous shoe for this beyond handsome man. They are a good choice in two occasions- 1) you are European 2) you have this sort of waif/flaneur/boy-as-gamine sort of look. If one has a more objectively minded appearance I think they are too slip on, zoom about on your vespa to get a gelato…

  174. aileen

    May 29, 2008 at 4:12 pm

    espradrilles are great for the summer because they’re so light and airy and bendy! guaranteed to not make your feet sweat, nor your shoes smelly, which is important when you don’t want to deal with socks.

  175. petite

    May 29, 2008 at 4:32 pm

    the secret to keep them not to fall off is to try buy a size smaller because they tend to strecht. You can buy them in Belgium in supermarkets for 2-3 euros and they’ll have a fabric inside as well.

  176. Anonymous

    May 29, 2008 at 4:44 pm

    They are super comfy, and you can pull different styles with it! I would defenitely give it a chance this summer :)

  177. matt

    May 29, 2008 at 4:52 pm

    they are getting very popular in england but the quality of them is much to be fact they are widely worn all over europe

  178. Seth

    May 29, 2008 at 4:54 pm

    I wear my TOMS on an almost daily basis now thats warmed up…

  179. AMTonna

    May 29, 2008 at 5:04 pm

    They are back this summer and thats a fact. Think of them as the summer version of the Vans slip-ons.

  180. Nicole

    May 29, 2008 at 5:14 pm

    *love* espadrilles — take a look at, which has graphic designers from europe design the fabrics for witty, sometimes subversive espadrilles that look nothing like the ones your parents wore.

  181. Sofie

    May 29, 2008 at 6:00 pm

    espadrillos are great, comfy and stylish!
    not to mention cheap!

    love that these ones are brown… it makes the outfit i reckon. great with the cropped pants.


  182. Anonymous

    May 29, 2008 at 6:13 pm

    I prefer Espadrilles. The guy looks so relaxed. I love this sixties CĂ´te d´azur feeling, met Godard and the young Delon with Romy Schneider… easy society style.
    I own two pairs made of suede leather and all my collegs want them too! If you want more expensive ones, take a look at Lacoste and Bally.

  183. Anonymous

    May 29, 2008 at 6:47 pm

    Up state New York seems to be in love with slipper-esque shoes. I live in a small, white kid, suburban city four hours outside of ‘the city,’ and the neighbouring cities/towns influence our sense of style greatly. Last year moccasins were huge. Now it’s boat shoes, silly Vans slip-ons (which I secretly love and own), and the likes. I frequently see slippers walk by… So maybe they are in style?

  184. Kathi

    May 29, 2008 at 6:48 pm

    “Here in Munich they are actually very popular but mostly amongst teenagers. Navy, green and white ones are the most common.”

    I agree, all the pretty boys at university wear them!!

  185. Anonymous

    May 29, 2008 at 7:08 pm

    yes, they are originary from Catalonia and Mallorca, both mediterranean regions. They are awesome, and from a stylish point of view, more than apropiatte for this summer, in fact it’s a basic, always good to consider.
    Good things: fresh, easy, stylish (price!)
    Not so good things: Need to buy them quite tight if not they fall easy- They cannot accept a drop of water, when they get wet they grow and become super-heavy forever.

    Yes, buy a pair!
    smiles and greetings,


  186. Anonymous

    May 29, 2008 at 7:29 pm

    Espadrilles rock. They always remind me of my honeymoon in South of France where I bought them and worn them to pieces in NYC. They remind my husband of his teenage years in England in early 80′s. It’s a shoe that seem to always have memories associated with it. They look great on this gentleman.

  187. venusasboy

    May 29, 2008 at 7:31 pm

    i eat toms too. its appropriate for man to equally have a shoe for every occasion. dig into espys as fashion may be dated but individual style never is.

  188. GQ's Own

    May 29, 2008 at 7:45 pm

    Converse so classic and comfortable… They certainly work in the picture. Though I have not met many shoes that can out do a pair of jack parcells or varvatos converses…

  189. Eric

    May 29, 2008 at 7:46 pm

    Gucci did a really great take on the men’s espadrille last season – nothing too feminine and still keeping the classic look in place. Espadrilles can be thought of as a much more relaxed, broken-in “summer loafer” or slipper.

  190. dai

    May 29, 2008 at 7:46 pm

    “Alpargatas” (as we call them in Argentina) are part of the traditional ‘Gaucho’ outfit. They have been in our culture for a loooong time, and most people who live in the countryside and/or like the country wear them. They are comfortable but I don’t wear them as I don’t really like how they look on me.
    They cost like 10 Pesos here ($3 with the currency change) so if anyone tries to charge you waaay more than that, don’t let them steal from you!

    Ps. I LOVE my Converse. I’ll stick with them ;)

  191. tintin

    May 29, 2008 at 8:01 pm

    On women fine but not on men. I get the impression men who own a fur coat also own a closet floor full of Espadrilles. Do you own a fur coat, Schu?

  192. sintia

    May 29, 2008 at 8:55 pm

    Coverse.but the espadrille did put up a strong fight.In the pic there worn in such good taste .They make the outfit look effortless in the laid back cool kinda way.

  193. Kwana

    May 29, 2008 at 9:04 pm

    I’m calling them a classic. They are too comfortable not too.

  194. Ange

    May 29, 2008 at 9:36 pm

    Lots of boys, not men, are wearing them in Sydney. They are percieved to be very boho chic.

  195. Anonymous

    May 29, 2008 at 10:15 pm

    You can get a cheap pair (7.80 Euro) at La Manual Alpargatera in the Barri Gotic in Barcelona where Dali used to get them, I know its more or less of a tourist trap but the price is right especially when your a guy and your not particularly interested in Castaner heels.

  196. Sean Watson

    May 29, 2008 at 11:51 pm

    I like this look. Usually I’m not so much of a fan of stripes, but being a cardigan combined with the slip-ons and slacks, a retrospective feel is captured. Very classy and intellectual.

  197. Anonymous

    May 30, 2008 at 12:07 am

    This look is not for everyone, I find it a little twee for men. I think European men can probably pull it off, but for my money, a Jack Purcell or Chuck Taylor is more classic…..hope i don’t see you wearing them ;-)

  198. galainoregon

    May 30, 2008 at 12:35 am

    definitely a beach shoe, or week-end footwear in lieu of flip-flops. but i like the way this fair gentleman wears them. very 80′s, what with the tapered shorter white jeans.

  199. Anonymous

    May 30, 2008 at 1:20 am

    In New Zealand we all wear them, (young people)

  200. Anonymous

    May 30, 2008 at 1:31 am

    Definitely,…. ALPARGATAS in the summer. When it’s hot and you are wearing dresses or skirts… they are the option not converse and… for the guys, when it’s hot… your feet suffer in converse so ALPAGATAS are better as well.

  201. Han

    May 30, 2008 at 2:08 am

    I really like the espadrilles with the white pants here. I think they would work well with maybe a pair of summer shorts, maybe sort of like a bermuda short, and a casual button up.

    If you plan on getting some espadrilles, go for TOMS because it’s fairly inexpensive and for every pair of shoes a customer buys, he donates a pair.

  202. FreeOnBoard

    May 30, 2008 at 2:58 am

    A ffriend of mine is wearing red espradillas since last year…they are pretty cool mixed with his high-fashion street style.

  203. Anonymous

    May 30, 2008 at 3:22 am

    European men can pull “a little twee” shoe off and American men can’t? Why? Are American men more virile and broad-shouldered and manly than European men?
    Dude please. Refrain from making a fool of yourself. I doubt you spend your days chucking wood in Wisconsin.

  204. Anonymous

    May 30, 2008 at 3:28 am

    i am surprised no one has mentioned the ones made by rubber duck. they’re cheap as chips…

  205. Anonymous

    May 30, 2008 at 3:47 am

    I am noting that Europeans or those Americans visiting or living in Europe are in favor of the espadrille, while there seems an air of American DIE-HARDS in favor of Converse. I want to inform you that Converse is a french company. Give into the espadrille and give the Converse a well deserved break. Every hipster from the streets of NY, to Paris to Mumbai have run Converse ragged for some time now. Change is good.

  206. Anonymous

    May 30, 2008 at 5:50 am

    they’re very popular with men in Australia at the moment.

  207. Kaja

    May 30, 2008 at 6:35 am

    what about the plimsole? a great option in summer footwear I feel is a bit left out here. I have both converse and espadrilles, but i think the classic plimsole looks better and is more comfortable. I think converse looks a bit childish at times, and the espadrille seems like a more grown up alternative. (and who says a girl cant wear espadrilles?)

  208. Anonymous

    May 30, 2008 at 6:52 am

    espadrilles are the best! they’re light but the soles protect your feet. i have one that are in candy colored stripes and everytime i use them, people ask me where i got them and i tell them, in spain!

  209. Anonymous

    May 30, 2008 at 7:08 am

    in munich, espandrilles are quite comfortable if you have to sit in an architecture school’s studio all day and all night long during summer.

    and they go very well with the warm summer breeze on a vespa.

    but, yes, they keep falling off all the time.

  210. Anonymous

    May 30, 2008 at 7:45 am

    Here in Barcelona “espardenyes” are the shoe of the posh teenager. I wear the classical Emporda espardenya, the one DalĂ­ wore, white an black, and they are great for walking in the countryside despite their flatness. When new and sparkling they are great with a white summer dress.

  211. Iheartfashion

    May 30, 2008 at 11:14 am

    They’re cheap and easy, but I find they look ratty pretty fast, and are not as comfortable as they appear. The rope soles always seem to unravel and start looking mangey.

  212. Linguini

    May 30, 2008 at 12:06 pm

    Is by far the best footwear for summer. But you have to wear them spanish style…

  213. Anonymous

    May 30, 2008 at 12:27 pm

    I don’t think you’re missing out. I think espadrilles have been played- too much attention for a boring and rather ugly shoe.

  214. Anonymous

    May 30, 2008 at 12:53 pm

    Dali wore them, Picasso too. Best worn is in San Sebastian, Spain.

  215. Anonymous

    May 30, 2008 at 12:55 pm

    Wear it.
    Love it.
    Who cares if if people in america havn’t caught on to the trend yet.
    Because I do,I do
    and I don’t…

  216. Matt

    May 30, 2008 at 12:55 pm

    espadrilles are the way and there is this great company called TOMS which when you buy a pair they give a pair to a child in a third world country. They can come in some great cools and it’s good for the karma

  217. Anonymous

    May 30, 2008 at 1:31 pm

    The best espadrille shop in Madrid—where men and women line up around the block, honestly, and have to take a number and wait their turn) is Calzados Lobo,
    30 Calle Toledo, a couple of blocks from Plaza Mayor; telephone 34/91-366-4017, fax 34/91-365-9781. Terrific espadrilles for men and woman, for around $9 a pair … email is and they ship to the States …

  218. Concordia Personal Shopper

    May 30, 2008 at 3:20 pm

    Hi! I´m from Argentina, and we wear spadrilles a lot here (men specially). They´re very comfortable and they look chic depending on the outfit. I think the combination of the sweater and the spadrilles looks great on this guy. It´d be suitable for going sailing or a picnic in the park.

  219. Anonymous

    May 30, 2008 at 4:14 pm

    I’m usually a fan of most mens shoes! But it looks like he just walked out in his favourite old slippers…. I’ve never seen them before and I’m not a fan! His left foot also looks quite akward I think.

  220. M.

    May 30, 2008 at 4:32 pm

    i first saw these in whole earth provisions a couple of days ago, i thought they looked extremely comfortable slippers. i’ll definitly have to reconsider them now though.

  221. Anonymous

    May 30, 2008 at 4:34 pm

    I remember when I was little my mom would make me wear them…
    Honestly, I think they look sloppy. I see them as slippers almost.
    I mean, just look at this guy’s foot! It’s like sliding sideways or something… :-P

  222. Anonymous

    May 30, 2008 at 5:04 pm

    Get yourself some Vans, man

  223. Casper Odschild

    May 30, 2008 at 8:52 pm

    Well espadrilles are rather standard footwear for the summer, a lot of designers has done them the last couple of years. I spontaneously remember a pair of Gucci espadrilles.

    I guess it was to cold at Hyeres for people to wear them but they are certainly a common sight here in France, around the Mediterranean.

  224. marie wong

    May 31, 2008 at 1:18 am

    the flat ones in the photo maybe alright for south of france and spain, but overall don’t really do anything for me either for men or women. look like trying too hard. but could look amazing on kids.

    love the women style 3″ high christian louboutin type of espadrille with ribbon tied around the ankle, but can get inexpensive ones made in spain that have similar look.

    agree on converse. good for all ages. formal or casual. can make any look looks younger and fresher. maybe one of the best things happened to mankind after denim.

  225. zoe

    May 31, 2008 at 4:41 am

    in melbourne lots of people are wearing them. most days in the past year and a half i have been wearing them, in black and denim. i keep a stock of new ones on hand as they die so quickly, and in winter they can be quite hard to wear.. also, i find putting thick innersoles inside great as it gives more support. they are being very cheaply mass produced, i get them for $7. and id wear them over converse anyday

  226. LaLa

    May 31, 2008 at 8:31 am

    Men in espadrilles don’t seem masculine to me.

  227. Lisa

    May 31, 2008 at 10:30 am

    My brothers always buy some pairs when visiting Zara España, comfortable and rather stylish (when wearing them the “right way”, e.g. in the style of the man on the picture).

  228. Anonymous

    May 31, 2008 at 10:44 am

    Not good for the rain. They are like sponges. And in the beach the sand goes and remains into the ropes. Good for walking in the ground (not in the pavement).
    I am from Mallorca, and used to wear them when younger but not now.

  229. Anonymous

    May 31, 2008 at 3:08 pm

    ANYTHING is better than some ugly, tacky flip-flops.

  230. Anonymous

    May 31, 2008 at 4:34 pm

    I say espadrilles when in a resort-like setting, Converse in an urban setting. I think espadrilles are a genius footwear option when in a coastal resort town and look much smarter than flip-flops. I secretly hate flip-flops.

    P.S. Ben Silver used to carry Castaner espadrilles for men… they may still have some in their online outlet.

  231. Anonymous

    May 31, 2008 at 5:32 pm

    The guy in the picture is Brian, who works for Ralph Lauren. He wears a lot of RL, so that’s probably where you can also get them.

  232. Anonymous

    May 31, 2008 at 5:38 pm

    All due respect, converse sucks…

  233. stam

    May 31, 2008 at 8:06 pm

    Hey sart,
    I looove espadrilles!I have a blue dolce&gabanna s/s 2005 pair & I just got a beige Bally pair. They are so comfortable &they look fabulous even with more dressy shirts! U should totally give’em a second thought!

  234. TheStreetsOf

    June 1, 2008 at 5:52 am

    i have always and will always love black and white stripes!

  235. Robert L

    June 1, 2008 at 6:55 am

    Well I wear them but I live in the tropics. I nice change from sneakers or sandals

  236. Vee

    June 1, 2008 at 7:23 am

    In europe, espadrilles have always been a summer option. You dont use converse to the beach, but espadrilles are light and match with everything. Maybe in the USA this summer option is somewhat different to what you are used to, however why not?

  237. Anonymous

    June 1, 2008 at 7:34 am

    I’m from Sydney and they a common thing… they look awesome with shorts or jeans…

  238. underneath

    June 1, 2008 at 7:48 am

    This mans hair and poisture reminds me of Daniel Day Lewis in “My Beautiful Launderette”.

  239. Men's Vintage Connoisseur

    June 1, 2008 at 8:42 am

    I recommend the updated espedrilles from Sperry. They have an elastisized “Van” style top that solves the “fall off” problem and are generally supportive, comfotable and “sea-wothy”.
    You don’t have to hassle with laces and get a more sophisticated European, yet casual look with espedrilles.

    Men’s Vintage Connoisseur

  240. Anonymous

    June 1, 2008 at 9:19 am

    Espadrilles begin to SMELL bad if they become even the least bit damp (rain, sea spray, etc.).

    Converse, always.

  241. JT

    June 1, 2008 at 11:36 am

    I still wear them, I admit it! :-)

  242. tristan

    June 1, 2008 at 1:16 pm

    they’re all the rage in europe.
    footwear of summer 08.

  243. dpb

    June 1, 2008 at 2:41 pm


    I totally just broke out a similar classsic – the Chinese version of espadrilles, which are inaptly named Gongfu Slippers (they don’t exactly cling to your feet…)

    But they are fantastic! As to the photo, did anyone else think, at first glance, of Jackson Pollock?

  244. Anonymous

    June 1, 2008 at 10:54 pm

    i bought some for my two year-old and they are utterly useless – they fall off in less than a minute!

  245. thevegasstyleguy

    June 2, 2008 at 4:26 am

    we used to drive all the way from west covina ca to venice beach and buy a pair in a different color every week for $14! they never lasted two weks because they would stretch and were always falling off! loved them then and still do but now the $14 pair is just a memory.

  246. Anonymous

    June 2, 2008 at 4:53 am

    Espardenyes. An icon of the mediterranean way of life. Just for the summer and not for the city. The cheap ones rarely fit nice. Please try Castañer. This spanish brand makes the espadrilles for all the luxury brands, but you can get them for a reasonable price and they fit much better.

    All star’s have a wider range of wearibility but can’t be that classy.

  247. jonathanschofield

    June 2, 2008 at 6:59 am

    Converse have become Ubiquitous, In London, the White Gym pump is still popular, I love espadrilles, but they aren’t comfortable when flaneuring.
    The only piece of footwear that should never be tolerated in the city is flip flops- However Rufus Wainwright sang a beautiful line in Poses about being being drunk and wearing flip flops on 5th avenue… so I can forgive just this once…
    bit disappointed that the Sartorialist only went to the Row in London….

  248. Anonymous

    June 2, 2008 at 7:21 am

    This ‘shoes’ are called ‘espardenyes’, and are originaly from the Costa-Brava, a coast next to Barcelona, Spain.
    In Barcelona theyve been wearing them like for centurys, as they were shoes for farmers in the region.

  249. CAVIAR

    June 2, 2008 at 7:26 am

    They are called “Alpargatas” o “Espardenyes” and they are really famous in Spain. Most of the labels have choose them for their summer footwear, but the queen mother of Espardenyes is Cristina Castañer, a Spanish Designer that has a boutique in the same Rue Saint Honorè in Paris.

  250. M

    June 2, 2008 at 7:26 am

    In Spain they are a classic in country villages and a trend 5 years ago for the preppies. Every colour, every summer, and many times worn showing the heels.

  251. Sara

    June 2, 2008 at 8:24 am

    Come to Spain if you want… Espadrilles are our national’s shoes… Sorry my english…

  252. Anonymous

    June 2, 2008 at 10:42 am

    The best option for a clean and comfortable feet. I wear them since 7 years at all places; city, beach, country… and cannot be cheaper!!!! 5 € at any shop all over Spain.

  253. Anonymous

    June 2, 2008 at 4:33 pm

    Espadrilles are Great. TOMS have released similar, softer versions of the Espadrilles with a Funkier print.

  254. JIS

    June 2, 2008 at 4:57 pm

    espadrills are like crochet ponchos… you will likely look back and wonder why.

  255. pollymorph

    June 2, 2008 at 7:24 pm

    I think espadrilles seem to make sense now, given the resurgence of the loafer, the moccasin and other 80s favourites.

  256. Anonymous

    June 2, 2008 at 7:36 pm

    Totally love them and have a few beautiful pairs from France. They are just perfect for summer, but as a qualifier they seem particularly European.

  257. wideyed

    June 2, 2008 at 8:22 pm

    Hahaha…Sart, I think half of the commenters are responding as if they think you’re a girl, and they’re right. Leave the espadrilles to the ladies. They look wierd on guys.

  258. Paolo

    June 2, 2008 at 10:58 pm

    I saw a lot of pairs of alpargatas being sold for $20 in a Marc Jacobs outlet store near Magnolia bakery. They look so nice but seem rather awkward when I tried them on.

  259. Anonymous

    June 2, 2008 at 11:57 pm

    Is there anywhere online to buy simple, traditional solid-color men’s espadrilles without graphics or logos that ships from within the US? Ones that are not Tom’s or Lacoste?

  260. Heather McDougal

    June 3, 2008 at 2:53 am

    The thing I prefer about espadrilles over high tops is that high tops are rubber around the bottom and make my feet sweat in hot weather. I always have to wear socks with them and I don’t always want to. Espadrilles absorb or release the sweat somehow (let it evaporate) because of the rope soles, and it’s much more comfortable. Plus I like how they look, with the straight-across line at the top.

  261. VonSontag

    June 3, 2008 at 3:54 am

    Please, dont’call this “espadrilles”. Espadrille is a french word used in a pejorative way to designate shoes worn by “espadres”, the spanish economics immigrants to France at the beginning of the late century.In french, they are called “sandales de corde” : cord sandals.

    I’m now writting from the south west of France, and we wear sandales de corde all summer long. These shoes wont’t give you any elegance, you’ve just got to wear them with elegance. That’s the point.

  262. felix

    June 3, 2008 at 1:26 pm

    I buy my espadrilles on the web in http://WWW.ESPADRILLESFROMSPAIN.COM

    Designs very funny, and cheap espadrilles for men, women and kids.

    Spanish espadrilles

  263. Anonymous

    June 3, 2008 at 2:35 pm

    Espadrilles were the big thing here in Paris in 2006, before the return of sebago docksides..
    But i still like espadrilles since they give you that specific hemingway in spain, salaire de la peur, topkapi feeling…
    rhythmic gymnastics shoes are an option for 2008, but they fall off even more often…

  264. Anonymous

    June 4, 2008 at 1:14 am

    i love it on men and women.

    upside: they look so cute!

    downside: they get so smelly and gross! no-sock shoes made out of hemp? ick.

  265. Anonymous

    July 24, 2008 at 11:51 am

    1) Alpargatas are not a fashion item. Men have been wearing them in Spain for hundreds of years, and will wear them for many more.
    2) The dirt cheap ones look… well, dirt cheap. Buy them of a good quality in nice colors
    3) don’t ever wear them brand new! They are supossed to look as if you had been wearing them to the beach for the past 5 summers. Wear them as sandals, more comfortable.
    4)Wear them on any spot on the Mediterranean shore and you will be fine. Wear Converse to the beach and you will look clueless

  266. Anonymous

    July 26, 2008 at 5:18 pm

    lily is right – choose them small. The espadrille is the linen pant of footwear, if you know what I mean. They literally grow on you!

    I grew up going to France for the summer, every summer (I’m from Holland, it’s a Dutch thing, to be such a francophile), and wore espadrilles all summer long. I love that they’ve made a comeback, but for me, they’ve never really left – it’s the cheap summer option, so I get them in all colors :-D

  267. cate humpage

    August 10, 2008 at 3:35 am

    this post was so long ago.. but i haven’t been able to stop thinking about espadrilles since..

    after touring europe… i’ve decided, only the most stylish can wear espadrilles and not look silly.

  268. catherine

    August 24, 2008 at 3:06 pm

    does anyone know where i could buy a pair in France???

  269. Anonymous

    February 24, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    it’s completely true, even though you never seem to come visit spain, it’s not unusual to see people dressed uo or down in spadrilles. I think it can be awful if you have no class, but if you do, they can be great chic for men (I don’t really like them on women). please, give spanish spadrilles a try!!!

  270. Anonymous

    March 8, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    I think they are cool, different, your feet don’t sweat and you don’t get your feet black (because of the street dirt) as with the flip flops! They really go with shorts. It’s critical to buy them really tight because they will loosen after time.

  271. Anonymous

    March 25, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    I am awaiting a few pairs from an internet order and cannot wait. I disagree with a few comments that they are uncomfortable. I find them much more comfy than converse (which tend to get too hot if sockless). They are good for posture and are highly reccomended for urban walking. The espadrille keeps the foot cool, and as a man, I prefer them to flip flops, which I find horribly informal. I really don’t care to look at people’s feet at restaurants, clubs, shopping, the movies. Is there no formality anymore? . Espadrilles solve the problem. Also, they do not “stink” as some claim. That would appear to be a personal hygiene issue and not an espadrille issue.

  272. L

    May 18, 2009 at 12:20 am

    There was a small store on lexington avenue and about 76th 75th street in new york. In the summer it sold espidrills in about 50-60 colors, who knew there could be that many. They went out of business around 1993-94 and I have never been able to find so many colors since then or actually a good espidrill. If I could find them, believe me I would have them in every color again. by the way I am female. but the men’s sizes fit better than the women’s. Sigh I miss them. Yes they are still fashionable and very laid back. I think they look good on men, they look very very smooth.

  273. Anonymous

    June 6, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    Check out this website for great plain and stripy espadrilles from South West France..

  274. Shella D

    July 7, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    I wore them a lot growing up in Manila and they are still a summer fashion staple. They are quite expensive in the US. Better to get them in Spain or France. Check out this new store in Chelsea that has them. I think espadrilles will always be classic and preppy.

  275. Anonymous

    October 26, 2009 at 11:40 pm

    btw, does anyone know any way that i can keep my espadrilles from falling off my feet?? i really love em but i cant wear it without it getting off my foot. i bought mine from Aldo

  276. Anonymous

    December 2, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    Best espadrilles for men that don't look like the girl espadrilles I found from company called mycat shoes. They actually stay on your feet and great for the warmer months…I can't wear anything else now! They are from Barcelona it looks like and for every eco espadrille they plant 10 trees. Nice touch I thought.

  277. DĂ©bora

    August 12, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    I think they are back. I’ve been on July in St. Tropez, France, and I’ve got a pair there. I’m portuguese, we used to wear them some years ago, then they disappear. Now, everybody wears the “paez” in Portugal, a south american version, much more expensive, but it seems the “alpercatas” (that’s the name in Portugal) are getting fashionable again.

  278. Mohit

    November 5, 2016 at 7:57 am

    A really great post. I also like to wear my espadrilles most of the time. It gives me more comfortable feeling. They are light too, so I just love espadrilles shoes.

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