One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A light canvas shoe with a plaited fiber sole.
- ‘Team your slouchy, layered outfits with wedge heeled espadrilles, because the sandals which originate from Spain and were big in the 70s are back once again.’
- ‘Try straw-coloured espadrilles or any shoe in soft caramel suede.’
- ‘We pass three young girls, espadrilles on their feet.’
- ‘As she races around town, she trips over her espadrille straps and falls into a wheelie bin.’
- ‘I remember that my French dream was to come here, live in a village and go down to the market in my espadrilles to buy lovely produce.’
- ‘I slipped on some white hemp soled espadrilles and went down to the open-air restaurant to get some food, because I was hungry.’
- ‘Some, however, look clunkier than others, so choose a style relevant for the occasion; espadrilles are great for the beach, but they're not necessarily suitable for the office.’
- ‘Somewhat foolishly I was wearing a pair of rope espadrilles - but we made it down safely.’
- ‘If you can find any decent espadrilles with at least a 4-inch heel, please let me know.’
- ‘Time to bring back summertime's other footwear staple: espadrilles.’
- ‘Finish the look with a touch of crochet and add as many broad belts, wooden beaded necklaces, wedge espadrilles and tooled leather handbags as you dare.’
- ‘Then, collect a few play-proof details to keep you looking modern… like a forever-comfortable espadrille because it's an infinitely more fresh choice than an ordinary pair of trainers.’
- ‘I wanted to wear my suede boots but it was raining that day, so espadrilles it was.’
- ‘Many of Imelda's shoes are now in a museum, including the pair of simple canvas espadrilles she was wearing at the time she had to literally run from the palace to escape the revolt.’
Late 19th century: from French, from Provençal espardi(l)hos, from espart ‘esparto’, from Latin spartum (see esparto).
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