July 7th, 2005
First spotted on the border between France and Spain, espadrilles have been a mainstay of casual chic for centuries and have made a huge comeback this summer. While traditional espadrilles are made with a canvas or cotton upper with a sole made of hemp or rope (like Steve Madden’s Espana, below), there are some great updated versions out there in leather. Particularly trendy this season are wedges, which have been seen on everybody from Gwyneth Paltrow to Jennifer Lopez.
Some of my favorites: