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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.

IMAGE Aldo

Aldo Shizuko wedge espadrilles, P4500, Greenbelt 5

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IMAGE Rustans

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

IMAGE Charles & Keith

Charles & Keith Espadrille sandals, P2499, Greenbelt 5

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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

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IMAGE Gucci

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

IMAGE H&M

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

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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, seektheuniq.com

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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

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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

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IMAGE Zara

Zara Suede lace-up espadrilles, P2995, Greenbelt 5

IMAGE Zara

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

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