I am extremely disappointed to see that the range of smart platform espadrilles on the high street is really limited this year.
I saw some okay ones in Aldo but they had diamante stuck all round the sides and I was like, god almighty do I look like Dolly Parton? (I mean, I should be so lucky. But I don’t.)
I have seen some at Atelier Alienor, which look really great, but I think they ship from the US and isn’t that just the most goddawful ballache?
Does anyone know more about Aterlier Alienor?
Alternatively, there are these from Manebi, via Net a Porter
Aren’t they cute. Yes okay £105 seems insane to spend on espadrilles, but for me, there isn’t a more useful shoe in the summer – I need a slip-on, non-heeled CLOSED TOE option that isn’t a trainer.
Any other bids on plain platform espadrilles with no sodding diamantes? (Must be platform, normal soles do nothing for my slightly stumpy legs and uncharming ankles).
I’m on an espadrilles hunt. #espadrilles.
Have a great weekend! Unless you’ve got kids under 5, in which case: good luck.
M&S have loads of different styles of espadrilles. V cheap too.
Liz B says
I am mourning Seven Boot Lane. Was planning to buy another pair of their lovely espadrilles in a darker shade so I could be less freaked out about keeping them clean but what has become of them 😢😢😢😢🤔 And they fit so well, I am narrow of foot so often this isn’t the case. How about Drilles?
Drilles don’t have a platform…
So funny that as this post popped up I was searching like mad for platform espadrilles and without much success. This is why I love this blog! That and the thermometer recommendation a few year’s ago….the one that looks like a little go jetter? Best piece of baby equipment ever!
A little Go Jetter!! LOL – Go Jetters is on in the background RIGHT NOW talking of coincidences x
I got these Gap ones in the same last year. Really comfortable. http://secure-www.gap.co.uk/browse/product.do?pcid=5058&vid=1&pid=000211455000&searchText=Espadrille
Toms – I used to think they only did the tiny shoes that look like folded up paper bags, which were all the rage with huge teenagers a few years ago but they have quite a good range of espadrilles too. One looks a bit platformy- £65 x
fred de la bretoniere!
NOT espadrilles but I adore Bensimon shoes – possibly a bit trainery for you? Slip on, endlessly comfortable, not too expensive and (if clean) look smart. Beloved of French girls everywhere. The Elly in white is by far the best and most versatile although I have just bough a lush pair in yellow!
Thank you for this suggestion – they seem to produce basically every shoe I have ever wanted, and when my husband divorces me for buying MORE shoes, I can fill his wardrobe with these …
Victoria Sutton says
Esther, no specialist but someone called Viscata messaged me via Instagram, odd as I rarely write about fashion !
If you have the odd £200 to spare ( nope me neither!) then look no further than Zaccys https://www.zaccys.com/ the founder is lovely and has a great back story and they look fabulous, just very pricey!!!
Also, Nola Boutique have about 3 good options on here under £100 http://www.guanabana.es/en/espadrilles/2015101805-espadrille-jade.html
Wrong link sent..hee’s Nola but Guanabana do colourful espadrille options. https://www.nolaboutique.co.uk/collections/all-footwear
Boden have a good pair. Not totally slip on but covered toe and a tie. I love them and bloody comfy
Is there an acceptable alternative to ‘drilles? I cant wear them as they offer zero support :”(
Uk site of La Sarenza has 5 pages of espadrilles some of which may be the elusive glass slipper Xx
Toms. I totally love Toms in summer and they are the closest shoes I have ever found to bare feet (I hate shoes)
Man I would love to be able to wear these but I live in Manchester where waterproof shoes are necessary AT ALL TIMES.
the Gavi from Dune look like this year’s update on some I got from there last year and can recommend. Rubber sole so don’t fall apart if you get caught in the rain. And 20% off today by the look of it. https://www.dunelondon.com/page/search/?term=gavi
I got a great pair of platform ones from Palmaira last year although this year’s range is more limited and a bit glitzy in the platform version. There is a pink version in the outlet but it describes itself as “candy ponyskin” which sounds a bit offputting
Daniel Footwear do a really nice plain lace up espadrille called Selina !
LaRedoute have some – jonak I think they are called. Not very platform-y but quite platform-y. I wanted the navy blue ones but sold out in my size.
Out of the millions of beauty and style emails I get every day (I feel good getting them, almost as good as I would look if I acted on them) I spotted these rather nice platform-y espadrilles. Bit pricey but a touching story behind the brand and a donation with each purchase.
Tom’s have pretty nice espadrilles for a reasonable price. Super comfy as well. I know they have a UK site, so no shipping from over here necessary!
I’ve just bought some FitFlop Cova sandals. They don’t look like FitFlops and they have a
CLOSED TOE WHOOPPEEEEEE
plus they are comfy and god I sound old and crusty.
(I’m only forty – send help)
I’m only posting this as I really hate the summer shoe search too. My beloved Aldo espadrilles from two years ago are wrapped in cotton wool in case they get damaged because I’ve never worn anything so comfortable and non-sweaty and of course THEY NO LONGER DO THEM.
I’ve been eyeing up the silver ones in Jigsaw but have no idea if they are platform or not as I sadly (not for my bank balance) no longer live near a Jigsaw.
I swear ten years ago my summer shoe collection consisted of a selection of heels and a pair of havaianas.
Alexandra Minton says
New Look have some. Platform. No embellishment. 15 bucks. Teen range so only go up to size 6
Can you get Soludos in England? They have a few styles with platforms: https://www.soludos.com/collections/espadrilles
These look nice http://www.asos.com/selected/selected-suede-espadrille/prd/9378078, though don’t know how practical cream suede would be… Also liking these, https://www.whitestuff.com/accessories-and-shoes/womens-shoes/tan-two-part-espadrille/ which are of course sold out in my size. Grr. Gutted that 7 Boot Lane are ‘on a break’, as I lusted after their Falcon espadrilles without buying, and now it is too late..
Thanks! Not enough platform alas…
Kimberly - says
Saw the same at Aldo, wtaf? That said, could always clip off the blingy bits and add them to kids’ craft stuff. If nothing else works.
Why espadrilles and not ballet pumps?
ballet pumps don’t suit me
I’ve been following Atelier Alienor on fb as she’s a French Expat here in Houston I believe. May have to go and try her espadrilles on now after your recommendation!
Elspeth Campbell says
Thank you Esther, until I read your post I didn’t know I needed a pair of flatform espadrilles and now I am obsessed! 😂 X
Elspeth Campbell says
And I found these in John Lewis https://www.johnlewis.com/kg-by-kurt-geiger-mellow-platform-espadrilles/p3276561🙂
Esther my lovely friend Daisy runs a small company based in Kent that sells espadrilles (and very nice Chelsea boots too). No platform though sadly: https://www.dukesboots.com/collections/espadrilles
Atelier Aliénor says
Thank you so much for this article!
We’re based in the US and our espadrilles are handmade in France using premium and sustainable leather.
Let us know if you want to know more and we’ll be happy to help 🙂