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The 10 Must-Have Espadrilles For The Summer

It's time to bring out the espadrilles – it's everyone's favourite summer shoe for a reason

There are some associations we make in fashion. For example, an all-black outfit is slimming and undeniably chic, while a dainty gold necklace adds a touch of French girl sophistication.

Espadrilles, once deemed as peasant footwear, have grown in popularity and are now a fashion favourite among celebs and fashionistas. Their elaborately woven jute base and casual canvas upper bring to mind images of a summer vaycay, and are undeniably a staple for the season. These days, espadrilles come in all shapes and forms, whether as wedges or flats, or with embellishments and charms.

Below, we’ve rounded up 10 different espadrilles that will have you rocking summer in comfort and style.

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Fez espadrille 85, price available in store, Aquazzura
Transition seamlessly from dinner at a resto to the clubs with this flaming red Aquazzura number. We especially love the leaf motif that is a nod to the vibrancy of summer. Even better is the addition of flirty tassels that ups its girlish charm. Pair this with a black camisole and finish with a sunset orange pleated skirt. By Far Arizona espadrilles, $359, www.farfetch.com
Whether you’re sipping cocktails by the pool or chilling by the barbecue pit with your loved ones, this By Far pair ensures you’re looking on point, even in the most casual of outfits. Best of all, they are so lightweight that you can store them in your everyday bag for easy reach when you need to slip out of your heels and get into something more comfy while running errands. Espadrille black & multi, $470, www.sophiawebster.com
If you’re not one for the usual ivory/tan colour of espadrilles, then opt for this statement-making many-hued striped creation by Sophia Webster. We like how the black straps act as a balance to the bright hues, so the pair doesn’t look too unbearably loud. This will fit right in with a knotted t-shirt, hoop earrings and jeans combo for the weekends. Alighiere espadrille flats, £325 (S$568), www.matchesfashion.com
We love how this Alighieri pair draws inspiration from gladiator sandals and espadrille flats, so it’s both feminine and edgy. Bonus: The gold glided teardrop pendant is detachable and can be added to any existing necklace chain you have. Wear this pair of shoes to complete a slinky black silk dress. Castaner Carina 80 canvas wedge espadrilles, US$101 (S$140), www.net-a-porter.com
From its nice height to the cute ribbon ties, there’s nothing we don’t love about this Castañer creation. Plus, it’ll make you feel as poised as a ballerina. It’s so versatile that it wouldn’t look out of place when worn with a black jumpsuit for work or a floral wrap dress for a weekend brunch. Manebi Yucatan raffia espadrilles, US$104 (S$144), www.net-a-porter.com
Ditch the typical canvas slip ons and go for one made with beige raffia instead. We love that every pair is handcrafted using centuries-old techniques in the Manebi Yucatan’s Spanish atelier. Match these espadrilles with a rattan bag for the ultimate resort vibe. Urebrilith wedge, $‎139, Aldo
There’s nothing more perfect for a breezy sundress than a pair of strappy espadrille wedge sandals. Dressy, comfortable and super cute, we suggest wearing this get-up with delicate gold jewellery for your next beach wedding. Braided platform espadrilles, $69.90, Zara
Want a bit of height but don’t want to teeter about on precarious wedges? These stylish yet casual Zara shoes tick all the right boxes, with just a touch of platform at its base to give petite girls some stature. The braided upper and jute base also give a perfect summer vibe. Pair with a loose-fitted white top and khaki wide-legged trousers for that safari explorer look. Slip on flatform espadrilles, $73.90, Pedro
There are two things we love about these Pedro sneakers: 1) The ribbed knit texture and 2) the tribal-esque striped pattern. Wear with a leather mini skirt and an off-shoulder top for a weekend outing. Cylindrical espadrille block heel slingbacks, $49.90, Charles & Keith
Embrace everything that is spring this season with this pair of cream yellow Charles & Keith slingbacks that sports unique  espadrille block heels. Contrast against a denim jumpsuit, throw on some shades and whip your hair up into a messy bun for a relaxed yet chic effect.