Every year when May rolls around, I tell myself that I'm going to find the perfect pair of espadrilles. They're the ultimate in summer shoes, a little funky, a little feminine and perfect for pairing with an airy sundress or shorts and a tee. And assuming it's not sky high, the wedge heel is easy to walk in, making them very practical for people like me who live outdoors in the warmer months.
Unfortunately, I have yet to find a pair of espadrilles that works for me. At 5'9 and very clumsy, I don't like to wear heels over 2 1/2 inches or so, partly because I feel more and more like a drag queen as I approach 6'0 and partly because I love the comfort and ease of flats, which don't threaten my sense of balance in the way that high heels do. Espadrilles are now being sold in all heights, but I find that the cutest pairs are still in the 3"-4" range. I've also had a hard time in the past finding a pair that wasn't clunky, as too many cheap espadrilles are.
But this year will be different, because I'm renewing my mission with greater enthusiasm and dedication to finding my dream shoes. There are so many outfits hanging in my closet crying out for an espadrille to complete their look for summer, and I will not let them down. Here are a few of my favorite pairs out there, in order of price.
Isaac Mizrahi for Target "Gabriela" Rope Wedge Sandal, $29.95
Restricted "Sand Castle" Espadrille, Zappo's, $45.95
Banana Republic Ticking-Stripe Peep Toe Wedge Espadrille, $68
Zinc "Ruby" Espadrille, Zappo's, $81.95
Banana Republic Ticking-Stripe Peep Toe Wedge Espadrille, $88
MICHAEL Michael Kors "Cabana" Sandal, Nordstrom, $97.95