Espadrilles For The Season

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The Denim Tiger Espadril shoes (R900) are made by hand using cut-up vintage acid-washed jeans.

WORDS Ashraf Booley


Espadrilles are a perennial summer shoe trend. Once common Spanish peasant footwear, espadrilles have become quintessential summer gear in many parts of the world.

Locally, we love artisan shoe brand Espadril, a collaboration between South African entrepreneur Rizqah Isaacs and her Spanish business partner Patricia Terre. The young duo, whose shop is based in Cape Town’s Bree Street and online, recently revealed the Espadril Spring/Summer 2018 collection – it is available online and in-store.

We think the name of the collection, Heat, is apt: It pays tribute to summer and, well, these shoes are simply sizzling. It includes designs inspired by animals in the tropics, like the tiger embroidered on denim. A hand-made pair from the new collection will set you back anywhere between R800 and R1 500.

Also check out Havaianas’ wide range of espadrilles. Sporting flexible soles and natural fabric, the brand’s Origine espadrilles are currently on sale for a mere R180. And if espadrilles aren’t up your alley, Havaianas – arguably the world’s most beloved flip-flop brand – has a new collection of sandals to get your feet summer-ready.

Havaianas Origine espadrilles are exclusive to Havaianas concept stores (on sale for R180 while stocks last; the new range will cost R399).

Looking for more? Here are three more pairs you can find online right now.

Olivia Espadrilles Black R599, Zoom at Spree

Lace Up Espadrille Sandals R250, Woolworths

Serena Espadrille from R599, Witchery