Having spent enough time scouring the internet for various selections of Espadrilles, it seems that we have finally stumbled across what might very well be the perfect pair, at least in our humble opinion. The general criteria is that they have to be reasonably stylish, reasonably priced and of reasonably good quality. And, last but not least consistently available. Hopefully not too much to ask, but obviously there have been some problems settling on the right pair.
Our pick of the litter, Castaner, made in Spain, but widely available here in the US online. To get your size right, buy two pairs, try them on and send the other back. They run true to size, but keep in mind that the canvas and the stitching gives a little with time, so you might want them a little tighter fit. Completely up to you.
Here’s the general take. The canvas, looks good, it’s well cut and properly sewn in, it’s not folded and bulky looking, but neat and clean. The canvas is of a good quality. Leather in the back on the inside for your heel. The soles are legit wound rope with a nice thin rubber sole on the bottom – these are going to work just as well walking around the city as they are on the beach. The only minor complaint, is that they are a little heavy and that is due to the sole construction, its not a bad thing, is indicative of the quality construction and materials, but considering how light shoes and sneakers are these days, it might take a little getting used to.
Note: There are a couple of honorable mentions Soludos are very good too, and a bit less expensive that the Castaners, personally their shape is a little too rounded for our taste. Asos, makes their own espadrille, which honestly we haven’t tried yet, but they have fun prints not he uppers and the sole appears to be full on rope so those are all really good signs.