hunting for espadrilles

ever since i saw the mini for many collection with bright fuschia and black & white striped espadrilles, i’ve been on the hunt for a pair. i think i may have faint memories of wearing a flat version of this classic sandal as a child, but since then, they never really peaked my interest. but as the motto goes, “never say never.” my new obsession with finding the perfect espadrilles is similar to my new found love of wooden clogs. if you’d asked me about them two years ago, i probably would have called you nuts, but now i need like a million pairs.

the only problem is that i’m quite picky, especially when it comes to shoes. i will think up a perfect item in my head and i won’t be happy until i find that pair. when it comes to espadrilles, i’m looking for a platform wedge in a solid color with a closed toe and ties at the ankles. such a simple and classic piece should certainly be easy to find, but so far i haven’t quite found them. perhaps my friends in spain will have to help me out!

having said that, here are my top four contenders in no particular order: enzo angiolini, juicy couture, spiegal, andre assous.

oh and of course, in my searching, i discovered that alexa chung had the perfect pair last year. if only those were still available!

images of alexa via mtv.


  1. Ahhhhh! I've been on the very same hunt for a month now. Alexa's are my ideal pair!! Hope they pop up somewhere for both of us.

  2. I've been looking for some too, and I prefer those with the enclosed heel. It's weird that things seem so hard to find once you actually want them.

  3. WOAH. I have been searching for that exact pair of navy espys for months. THANK YOU CALIVINTAGE! I just purchased with exactly the amount I had in my Paypal account AND there was no shipping charge. Heart you!

  4. I've been looking for espadrilles for at least the past two years. Unfortunately, I won't buy shoes off the internet so it leaves me with very limited choices…
    -Andi x

  5. I've been on the hunt for some really fantastic espadrilles this year too (after seeing tons in all my old 40s magazines and rethinking my aversion to them–mostly due to a particularly painful pair I had as a teen!). Victoria's Secret has an almost exact pair to the ones Alexa is wearing:

    Sadly, they don't come in navy. :p I know it's a pain to monitor, but Ebay has had some close styles pop up too… you might find the perfect pair there!

    ♥ Casey
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  6. I too <3 espadrilles, they're permanently chic :) A couple of years ago I was living abroad and dying for a pair but they weren't a trend at the time so I could only find them at J. Crew and Michael Kors. I've always thought of them as classic Americana, but I guess they originated in Spain?

    I just bought a pair of Bourgeois Chic espadrilles (and blogged about it, actually – – You can also see their shoes here:

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