Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Add a Little Spring to Your Step, Part 2: Espadrilles

Espadrilles are classic warm-weather shoes that originate from France, where women have been wearing them for ages. The traditional espadrille is made of canvas or cotton with a two-piece structure. The toe box is usually rounded and the back piece is closed with either a ribbon that ties up around the leg or an ankle strap. These days, however, espadrilles can be found in pretty much any color, fabric, style and height. Because of the espadrille's feminine look and wedge heel, it has become synonymous with comfort and style. This year, metallics, prints, and earth tones in synthetic fabrics are big on espadrilles for the spring and summer. Take a look at some sample you can find in the espadrille section of Shoebuy.com: Tommy Hilfiger Tia in Navy Paisley - This printed espadrille features canvas upper with grosgrain ankle wrap, woven heel sling and bright canvas sock. Sporty thicker jute wrapping with pop stitch around sole edge adds a nice contrast to femininity of the upper. Traditional jute non-slip outsole. Also available in black, cotton candy pink and ivory paisley. Naturalizer Barton in Camelot Leather - This trendy sandal made with a soft leather upper features an adjustable ankle strap that allows for a custom fit. Also features a wedge heel and padded foot bed. Franco Sarto Disbark in Platinum Metallic Kid - The Disbark style is a casual, ankle strap sandal with featuring a jute-wrapped wedge and a 1/2 inch platform. It has a stitching accent on the bottom and a pleated front for added style. The metallic hue is one of the most popular versions of this espadrille, but it is also available in black, white and turquoise versions.

Grasshoppers Napa Espadrille in Mandarin Orange Paisley Canvas - The Napa Espadrille is an open toed slip on shoe with a 1 1/2 inch counter color heel. Also has a criss cross layer on the front of the foot held with a button for added design. The bright canvas features a beautiful Mandarin design that's a great way to add a dash of color to any spring outfit.

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