By way of a quick google search it’s pretty obvious that there seems to be a cavernous selection of espadrilles available from any number of sources and manufacture. Everyone and their brother appears to be making some sort of espadrille style shoe, from the very basic and completely not stylish, to the super duper fancy, way too expensive designer.
At the very bottom of the barrel, there’s the espadrille by Havaianas which is flip flop rubber with a canvas topper quickly sewn on. Sure these serve a purpose, in being a canvas covered beach shoe, of sorts. But they are certainly not all that comfortable and pretty darn cheaply made, but in looks and actual construction. Havaianas may have made their name in simplicity for a flip flop, but as an espadrille they are getting a big thumbs down in our book.
Tom’s of course is the espadrille we all kind of recognize, but again, it s a not particularly attractive hard rubber sole with a clumsily sewn on canvas topper. Style-wise they are kind of bland and boring. Their appeal screams of the Waspy summer set in the Hamptons and Palm Beach, but not the stylish European flare we’re looking for. Their commitment to giving back by providing shoes to others and having sustainable business practices and accountability is admirable.
The final sets of espadrilles that are all too common are the luxury branded designers like Gucci, Etro, Ferragamo (without the tigers) and a whole mess of others. My general concern with the designer labels is of course that they are just too damn expensive for me to really enjoy and they’re impossible to find, they are made in relatively limited quantity, so you need to buy them asap or not at all.
There has got to be something in the middle.