From Chanel to Castañer, flats to wedges, these are the only sandals to be seen in this Summer
The best espadrilles to be seen in this Summer are all here. They’re the sandal to be seen in this season but some brands do them better than others. What’s an espadrille and which are the best ones to be seen in this Summer? Chanel espadrilles made them chic and stylish and other brands have followed suit. It was hard to narrow it down to my personal favorite but I got there. Out of all of the women’s espadrilles, it’s the Castañer wedge espadrilles, or more specifically the Castaner Carina espadrilles 90 mm wedge sandal. I’ll explain why in a bit.
If you don’t love my personal pick, I’ve listed all of the other ones I had on my best espadrilles shortlist from flat to wedges, designer to luxe for less.
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I’ve listed a few stores to get the Castaner wedges and Castaner Carina espadrilles sandals from as they sell out fast in both the 60 and 90 mm. As well as both espadrilles wedges and flats, closed and open toe options. A lot of these are now on sale and selling out fast. I had to update this post on July 11th as most of the original espadrilles listed were sold out as it’s quickly becoming the Summer trend of 2021.
Are women’s espadrilles in fashion?
Espadrilles sandals are not only still in style in 2021 but one of the most fashionable sandals for this Summer. Whether they’re flat or wedges, these neutral sandals are taking center stage for vacation and resort wear. The flat Chanel espadrilles that came out in 2013 really made them fashionable again and they’re still one of the best espadrilles for quality and comfort. This years resort and spring collections range include quilted lambskin with patent leather toe caps, sequins, tweed and broderie anglaise effect.
For a higher wedge, the Castaner Carina espadrilles are one of the most popular wedge sandals for 2021. With the added benefit that they’re not just on trend, they’re actually really affordable too.
Whether they’re neutral or black, high or low, open or closed toe, these are the shoes to shop for this Summer. Not only are they super cute, they’re practical for walking on vacation. Especially if you’re going to a cobble stone European city where stillettos mean breaking your neck and flip flops won’t cut it, or for a romantic beach dinner. I don’t have a favorite when it comes to flat or wedge espadrilles, I’m a fan of both. Flat for walking and exploring and wedges for lunch or dinner.
What’s the difference between wedges and espadrilles?
Wedges are any shoe with a heel that goes from the back to the ball of the shoe, in a wedge shape. They can be made of anything. Whereas womens espadrilles sandals are only espadrilles if they have the wedge covered with a woven rope braiding. They can be wedges or flat but the important factor is the rope detailing. So while some wedges can be espadrilles not all espadrilles are wedges.
What are Espadrilles
Espadrilles are casual, rope-soled, flat, but sometimes high-heeled shoes. They usually have a canvas or cotton fabric upper and a flexible sole made of esparto rope. The esparto rope sole is the defining characteristic of an espadrille; the uppers vary widely in style.Source Wikipedia
The best wedge espadrilles
I fell in love with so many women’s espadrilles while hunting for this trend post. I ended up with the Castaner Carina espadrilles (90 mm wedge) as I liked the neutral color, closed toe, removable ankle strap, their price and height . I’m 5’2″ so I’ll take all the height boosting I can get. Plus heels make legs look more toned. Castaner espadrilles sizing runs true to size so order your normal size. I have a trick for how to tie them so they stay on your heels on my Instagram reels.
I’ve listed brands from luxury women’s espadrilles to luxe for less super affordable styles. The more affordable styles are better if you’re going to be around water, sand, the lake or anywhere low key or where you’re worried about getting them dirty e.g. ketchup and chlorine at a 4th of July bbq.
The best flat women’s espadrille sandals
I had Chanel flats from 2015-2019 and wore them all over New York, Italy and Greece. I definitely got my fair wear out of them but I haven’t replaced my flats this year as I got 2 pairs of slides instead and am not going on a city break anytime soon. Maybe next year but there’s only so many pairs of shoes a year in this girls budget.
Are Chanel Espadrilles worth it?
If you walk a lot or like comfortable shoes then yes, absolutely. These are about as comfortable as they come and the classic style means you’ll get lots of wear out of them. While the patterns and different textures like tweed are fun. If you’re only going to invest in one pair, the simple beige and black or white and black toe capped lambskin leather Chanel espadrilles are the ones to go for or plain black of they’re for work. If you’re going to change them every year then go for more of a statement pair that you love. I always think leather rather than patent leather looks classier.
The sole is also pretty durable as well, even though it’s thin. So if you’re looking for luxury, comfort and style Chanel is your answer to nailing this trend in 2021.
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Eve Dawes is a Blogger, Podcaster, Mrs. England World 2020, a WBFF Pro Diva, SAG-AFTRA actress, NASM certified Personal Trainer, Founder of Dawes Custom Cosmetics and GlamourandGains.com. Eve's also the host of BFF (beauty, fitness & fashion) segment on Spill The Tea Live! The show for British Expats. Eve has over 15 years experience in the fashion world, is an avid traveller and cruelty-free beauty advocate.