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20 Pairs of Wedge-Heeled Espadrilles to Strut In This Summer

The tired old wedge gets a sweet, sunny update.
20 Pairs of Wedge-Heeled Espadrilles to Strut In This Summer The tired old wedge gets a sweet, sunny update.

As you probably already know, there's nothing we love more than serving you a lightning-quick piece of fashion history before every shopping list (stylish girls are never too cool for school), so here's your lesson for the day: turn your textbooks to the page on espadrilles!

Before the late, great Yves Saint Laurent stuck a heel on 'em in the '70s, the espadrille was but a humble, flat peasant shoe with Spanish Catalan origins dating all the way back to 1322. At a glance, it's characterized by sturdy, braid-woven rope soles and was first popularized as a fashion item in 1948, when Lauren Bacall wore an ankle-laced pair in her iconic film Key Largo.

The espadrille didn't morph into its current wedge-heeled form 'til one fateful collaboration begun in 1970, when the aforementioned Yves Saint Laurent contacted heritage espadrille manufacturer Castaner to create a heeled pair he'd been envisioning for months. Happy with the results, Yves sent those down the runway: they became an instant sartorial hit, and the impact can still be felt today—just look at the modern interpretations of Chanel, Gucci, Michael Kors, and Paul Smith, to name a few.

Class dismissed! Now get shopping.


Aldo Shizuko wedge espadrilles, P4500, Greenbelt 5

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Aquazzura Sunshine lace-up espadrille, P34,850, Rustan's

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Charles & Keith Espadrille sandals, P2499, Greenbelt 5

IMAGE Charles & Keith

Charles & Keith Cross strap wedge flatform sandals, P2499, Greenbelt 5

IMAGE Dune London

Dune London Krisha espadrilles, P6950, Shangrila-Plaza East Wing

IMAGE Giuseppe Zanotti

Giuseppe Zanotti Braided platform wedge sandal, price available upon request, Shangri-la Plaza East Wing


Gucci Embroidered espadrille sandal, P37,600, Shangri-la Plaza East Wing


H&M Lace-up heeled espadrilles, P2290, SM Mega Fashion Hall

IMAGE Jimmy Choo

Jimmy Choo Portia sandals, P31,899, Shangri-la Plaza East Wing

IMAGE Marc Jacobs


Marc Jacobs Nathalie espadrilles, P21,550, Greenbelt 5

IMAGE Michael Kors

Michael by Michael Kors Hastings leather espadrilles, P11,390, Shangri-la Plaza Mall

IMAGE Seek The Uniq

Seek The Uniq Nida woven abaca espadrilles, P1599,

IMAGE River Island

River Island Super platform espadrille sandals, P3999, SM Aura

IMAGE Schutz

Schutz Mattia sandals, P10,000, Adora, Greenbelt 5

IMAGE Steve Madden

Steve Madden Rust lace-up espadrilles, P4500, Shangri-la Plaza Mall

IMAGE Steve Madden

Steve Madden Payden sandals, P4500, Shangri-la Plaza Mall

IMAGE Stuart Weitzman

Stuart Weitzman Sohogal sandals, P30,600, SM Aura

IMAGE Topshop

Topshop Platform wedge espadrilles, P1995, SM Aura


Zara Suede lace-up espadrilles, P2995, Greenbelt 5


Zara Striped ribbon lace-up espadrilles, P3995, Greenbelt 5


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