Jun 5, 2013

Espadrilles in the Sun

Are you looking for a way to mix up your footwear for the Summer? One popular option that you can try is espadrilles, which represent an excellent alternative to flip flops and trainers when you’re out in the heat, and can be found in cotton and canvas styles. Advantages to espadrilles include their low cost, as well as the range of different style options that you have, and their ability to be worn as effectively with some smarter outfits as with shorts and a t shirt.

Espadrilles effectively represent slipper like shoes that come in different colours and materials. Cotton espadrilles are best for the beach, and for short walks where you’re not going to be putting them under a lot of strain; by contrast, canvas espadrilles are better for harder walking, and consequently tend to be more expensive. If you want to invest in cotton espadrilles, you’ll be able to enjoy the experience of wearing a lightweight slipper when you’re out in the sun.

Another notable advantage to wearing espadrilles is that they can be easily paired with different kinds of outfits; espadrilles can be worn with T shirts and shorts, as well as with more formal, button down shirts and chinos; you can also find espadrilles that are designed in brighter colours, and with decals and logos that make them an ideal complement to other retro themed items like fedoras and sunglasses. Espadrilles work, in this context, as a stylish accessory as much as practical footwear, and are ideal for creating a distinctive look for the Summer.

The espadrille style can be traced back to Mediterranean countries as a footwear option for peasants needing a comfortable, lightweight shoe that could be worn in the heat - you’ll still see the most examples of espadrilles on holiday in Europe, as well as a mix of espadrille styles for men and women. Some popular espadrille brands to look out for include Twisted Soul at the lower priced end of the spectrum, right the way through to Ralph Lauren, and brands available through websites such as Blue Inc.

In terms of looking after espadrilles, make sure that you invest in canvas versions if you are going to be doing a lot of walking, as cotton ones tend to wear out very quickly if worn intensively. You should also try to restrict wearing espadrilles to warmer and dryer weather, as rain and mud can easily damage them; for this reason, espadrilles are also not the best idea if you’re going to a muddy festival this Summer.

Espadrilles, then, are an effortless option if you’re getting fed up of wearing the same flip flops every year, and want something that’s stylish without being overly expensive; getting a few different pairs of espadrilles is particularly recommended if you want to get the most out of them in different occasions, and if you want some different colours to experiment with when putting together outfits.

Author Bio : Lisa jane has been blogging about fashion for some time, and is always on the lookout for new trends. She‘s been a convert to mens espadrilles since last Summer, and can’t wait for the summer to finally arrive so she can break them out of her wardrobe again.

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