Style Advisor: Espadrilles

Name: Espadrilles

What is it: The braided rope sole and canvas, suede or leather upper is synonymous with European summers and style.

Origin: According to the Espadrille Store (where else?) espadrilles were invented at least 700 years ago in Spain. The shoe became an icon when French fashion designer Yves St Laurent commissioned a high heel style in the 1960s.

Styles: slip ons, lace-ups and sexy ribbons or ropes wound up the leg.

Who can wear them: Anyone. Espadrilles are extraordinarily comfy. But if you are worried about the size of your legs avoid the ribbons ties – they can shorten the leg.

Warning: Espadrilles styles can be hit and miss, choose wisely.

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