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The Best Spring and Summer Shoes

Updated on March 14, 2011

Most Trendy Ankle Tie Espadrille

Walk on Sunshine wearing Espadrille shoes!

Nothing says summer more than a pair of espadrille shoes.If you never heard of the term ''espadrille'' they consist of high heel or flat shoes typically produced in the Pyrenees. The top is typically made of canvas whereas the bottom is made of rope. They are seen quite often on the feet of many women in Europe, particularly in Italy and Spain.

Walking on Espadrille shoes is a sensation like no other, they are very light weight and extremely comfortable. Even the high heel versions feel very comfy. Perhaps the best feature of espadrilles shoes is their style. These shoes went from flat quite modest shoes to vary fancy and stylish. Several can be found in boutiques even costing nearly hundreds of dollars.

Fashion shoes designers such as Donna Karan or Pare Gabia have been greatly inspired by the style of these shoes.

The high heel version shoes give a touch of elegance when they are tied up on the ankles. They tend to make the ankles look slim while adding a touch of class.

The term ''espadrille'' derives from the french word ''espardenya'' which derives from espart which is the name of a Mediterranean grass used to make rope. They have been sold in Catalonia since the 14th century.

Bangladesh today is the prime producer of Espadrille. This is due to the fact that they are also prime producer of Jute, the material used to make the rope found on the bottom of these shoes. The jute fibers are machine braided and then are pressed with heat to allow them to form the sole. Further plastic reinforcements are then added to make the shoes more resistant.

Espadrille come in a variety of shapes and colors. Shoe makers have certainly grown quite creative and every spring and summer new styles are released. While most espadrille are for women, the flat style are usually worn by men.

If you have ever worn espadrille this is the time to give them a try. Your friends will certainly be impressed by how stylish they are and you will enjoy the comfort they are able to offer. Just picture yourself in a colorful spring dress enjoying an nice cream on a nice summer day, that is what espadrille are all about!


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      Julianna 8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      I love shoes and there are some cute espadrilles listed. :)

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      ocbill 8 years ago from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice

      I can't believe it. I was thinking espadrilles and Sonny Crocket and they are in this Hub LOL....FYI - I like them too.