Espadrilles remind me of warm weather casual dressing just as much as flat thong sandals, short cotton dresses, basket bags and linen blouses. There’s something about the roping on the heels that’s relaxed and nautical looking.

The Spanish espadrille sandal has been around forever and comes through every season. Classic espadrilles are usually made of canvas or cotton uppers and some have ties that wrap around the lower leg. But these days footwear designers are popping all sorts of uppers onto classic flat or wedged espadrille roped heels. Some uppers look like pumps while others are like cage heels, peep-toes, sling backs or mules.

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A heeled espadrille is unique because it’s a heel with a super casual vibe. So if you prefer to wear heels but lead a casual lifestyle, make sure to take a look at them. They are a great substitute for casual sandals and also effectively dress down an outfit. If you liked last season’s Kenneth Cole Cedar City Wedge than you’ll probably like the Eric Michaels Elena Espadrille.

I haven’t worn espadrilles since I was a teen and that’s not because I don’t like the look. Our Summers are short and every season I seem to find a different style sandal that I prefer. Are you an espadrille gal?