Choosing the Right Espadrilles for Your Feet
Espadrilles are summer-friendly shoes that look chic with any outfit. They also provide comfort, and you can wear them with anything from jeans to a linen suit.
However, finding the right espadrilles for your feet can be challenging when shopping online without the benefit of trying them on. This is especially true for wedge espadrilles.
Measure Your Feet
From lace-ups to woven styles, there’s something about the casual elegance of an espadrille that elevates any outfit. They’re a great summer shoe that can replace flip-flops or heels when you want a bit more style and substance.
To find the perfect fit for your espadrilles for women, measure your feet. To do this, tape a sheet of paper to the floor, place one foot on the paper, and then trace around it with a pencil or pen. Be sure to do this while wearing the socks you typically wear with shoes. Next, repeat the process for your other foot and then compare the two measurements. Using this information, find the size in the shoe’s size chart.
Remember that your foot size may change throughout the day, especially if you’re on your feet all day. That’s why it’s best to measure your feet in the afternoon or evening when your foot is at its largest. This will give you the most accurate measurement possible for a comfortable fit. The goal is to get a shoe that fits snugly enough to be comfortable but not so tight that it’s constricting.
Take a Look at the Sole
Often, Espadrilles can be tight and uncomfortable on the feet due to poor sizing. To remedy this, you can use several methods to make the shoes more accommodating for your feet. These include wearing them with socks to stretch the shoe a bit more, getting a foot stretcher, taking the boots to a professional cobbler, or returning the pair of shoes.
Another essential thing to consider when choosing the perfect pair of Espadrilles is their sole. You want to select a sole that provides good shock absorption so your feet won’t get tired quickly from walking on the hard surface.
You also want to look for a sole made of materials that will last long, so you won’t have to replace your shoes frequently. Choose a pair with a nonslip sole for safety and comfort. Select a pair of machine-washable shoes to keep them looking and smelling their best. This will save you time and money in the long run.
Take a Look at the Lining
Espadrilles walk a fine line between casual and smart – they can be worn with a light linen shirt and a pair of slim-fit jeans or cuffed with tailored trousers for a summer wedding. They’re also an excellent choice for the office, especially closed-toe styles in a darker shade to look polished and sophisticated.
Unlike other shoes that may stretch to fit the feet, Espadrilles are explicitly set for the foot in the fabric they’re made from. They should be snug initially, so they’ll stretch just the right amount and custom-fit your feet over time. This is where choosing the suitable fabrics comes into play.
Choose a heavier cotton fabric for the interior and a lighter cotton print for the exterior. I used a sari silk embellished fabric here, but you could use any other lightweight cotton print you like. Pin the exterior and lining pieces on the right sides together and stitch around, leaving a 4cm gap for turning. This gap should be left on the foot section’s side and at the heel section’s base.
Look at the Ankle Strap
A great summer shoe staple, espadrilles go with pretty much anything. Pair them with a linen suit, and you’ve got yourself a sophisticated yet casual look that is perfect for the beach, or if you need something a little more dressy, they also work beautifully with an impeccably tailored shirt or blazer & jeans or shorts.
Espadrilles come in various colors, fabric styles, & heel heights, so it’s easy to find one that suits your style! Avoid clunky pairs that draw attention to your ankles instead of making them appear skinnier.
Step onto a sheet of paper, place one foot and mark the tips of your longest toe and the rear of your heel bone to get the ideal fit for your espadrilles. Use this measurement to reference the size chart & determine your shoe size. If your feet are slightly longer or you’re between sizes, it’s best to round up to the next size. This will give you a snug, comfortable fit without being too tight or loose.
Take a Look at the Toe
The last thing you want is to end up with shoes that feel uncomfortable on your feet. Check out the toe area’s fit when looking for the perfect pair of Espadrilles. Look for a soft leather, canvas, or cotton-linen style that feels comfortable against your feet without being too bulky or stiff.
Myth: Espadrilles are only for casual wear
While espadrilles may be considered casual summer footwear, they can be pretty dressy when paired with the right outfit. For a chic look, pair your Espadrilles with skinny jeans or leggings in a neutral tone and a lightweight blouse or tee. If you feel extra bold, try a heeled Espadrille to heighten your legs.