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From wedges to sling backs and glitter to luxe suede, humble espadrilles get a makeover ahead of summer

These Basque rope-soled shoes can trace their roots back to the 13th century. In the 1970s, the flat sole got a lift when Yves Saint Laurent put them on a wedge. The experiments continue on the runway as designers and fashionistas swear by their comfort factor. Cheeky prints and embellishments surfaced late last year, and the trend is still on for summer 2016. Are you ready for your hemp fix?

Buckle up
Buck the summer pastel trend and go bold and black instead. With the brand’s signature cut-out heel, Alexander Wang’s sandals come topped with four rhodium buckles for extra impact. The high wedge heel also has a cushioned insole for added comfort. This is a great pair to slip into, both during the day and at night. Rs 36,115. Details: shop.nordstrom.com

Colour block

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Aquazzura knows how to grab attention, and this pretty red-and-pink number is a good case in point. The ‘Malibu’ espadrilles are crafted from red suede and come with magenta grosgrain ties that support the arch of your feet and ankles. Lined in soft leather, its wooden heel also makes it very light. Rs 19,210 approximately. Details: net-a-porter.com

Check in

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It’s red, blue and white, and no, it’s not the flag of USA. Burberry’s espadrilles, with its traditional braided Hessian sole and jute stitching, are a stylish option for all your off-duty days. Crafted from canvas, the navy pair sports the label’s iconic Heritage check. We plan to wear ours with skirts, denims and everything in between. Rs.21,000. At the store in Express Avenue. Details: 044 28464135

Get a lift

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Don’t let all that beige jute wash out your feet. Add a pop of colour with these Charlotte Olympia Carmen espadrilles. From its Brazilian-inspired ‘Glamazon’ collection, the towering red canvas wedges is handmade and features the brand’s gold web plaque at the sole. Rs 53,964 approximately. Details: neimanmarcus.com

Keep it simple

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Balancing chic and casual, Michael Kors’ Damita espadrille wedge sandals are the perfect pick for warm summer days. Made from light-catching mirrored and glittered leather, its zipper details lends a touch of cool to your feet. Team them with breezy dresses or even some cutoffs. At the store in Palladium Mall, Mumbai. Rs 6,788. Details: 022 40048040

Sparkle effect

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All that glitters is most definitely fun. And Miu Miu keeps it effortlessly so with their ‘flatform’ sandals. This slip-on pair is made from glittered leather, and with a design that moulds to your feet, it offers great comfort through the day and well into the night. Rs 32,242 approximately. Details: saksfifthavenue.com

Stand tall

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Keep it timeless and elegant with Gucci’s horsebit-detailed black suede espadrille wedge sandals. Fitted with a slim ankle strap and finished with the label’s iconic gold horsebit, this pair of made-in Spain shoes gives you great lift and comfort, thanks to its generous platform heels. At the store in DLF Emporio. Rs 40,394 approximately. Details: 011 46471111

Sole connect

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Sporting cotton uppers and lining, comfort takes centrestage in this sea green pair from Zara. Light thermoplastic rubber sole meets jute rope. Team these espadrilles with a pair of denim shorts and a loose white tee. At the store in Phoenix MarketCity. Rs 1,990. Details: 044 30083703

Poppy in the mix

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This cerulean blue canvas pair is unique as it is inspired by a drawing in the Fendi archives. Made in Spain, the espadrilles come with multi-coloured, all-over Fendi Roma print, and contrasting toe and edging in poppy red leather and grosgrain. At the store in DLF Emporio, Delhi.
Rs 29,850. Details: 011 46040777

 Surya Praphulla Kumar

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