Hello Darlings, This summer I have become obsessed with flats, so I decided take a bit of a leap and try a pair of classic Missoni espandrilles. After-all, nothing says summer quite like a cute pair of espadrilles.
The espadrille, a shoe of Spanish and Portuguese origin, is characterized by a sole made of twisted cord that is sewn on sturdy cloth. The espadrille was neither embraced by fashion society nor embellished by a high-heel until the sixties, when Yves Saint Laurent met Isabel Castañer at a trade fair in Paris. That is when the high-heeled espadrille was born! Shocking to think that no one thought of it before, but it is a fact…
As of that moment, the fashion industry not only embraced the espadrille but made it into a summer staple. Today the legendary Castañer factory— founded in 1927— creates luxury, high-heeled espadrilles for 15 designer labels including Lanvin, Hermès and Christian Louboutin.
Since flat espadrilles have been around since the seventeen hundreds, one would think that finding a cute pair would be easy. Well, for me it was not, perhaps because I wanted a pair that would make a statement. Then again, espadrilles were the shoes of peasants, warriors and Mediterranean fisherman, so they definitely were not meant to make a statement. But a girl wants what a girl wants!
The signature Missoni print was the statement that I was looking for, and finding them on sale for $135 at Forward by Elyse Walker was a score considering the original $275 price tag was a surprise! After-all, we are talking about shoes that are made of cord and canvas! But in their defense the shoes are comfortable and of great quality as the inside is lined with soft leather. As of now, they are the most comfortable pair of flats that I own, with my Repetto ballerinas the runner up.
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Source: The One Hundred by Nina Garcia; NY Times