I bought these (2 pairs no less! The other ones are emerald green and white stripes with pink ties) a few years ago when Gap brought them back. I love them...but am totally clueless about how to wear them.
I've tried them wit my white boot leg jeans. Nope. I've tried them with skinny high fashion blue jeans from Mango. Ugh. I wore them a few times with a flouncy white peasant skirt. Meh. Nothing has seemed quite right...but yet they make it through every closet purge cause they are so damn kicky.
Thanks in advance for any expert advice!
So I paired the espadrilles with a Boden tissue t shirt and cropped J Crew toothpick jeans. I felt weird when I put it all on (tall, block-footed), but then my 18-year-old nanny arrived and the first thing she said was "Love your shoes!"
But I decided to pull on my Mango skinny jeans to see if they looked better... but they just seemed too long. I remember you talked about having the whole ankle visible, and my skinny jeans definitely covered the tops of the ties. My husband thought the cropped jeans looked better.
So I put the cropped jeans back on...and nearly made it out the door. And then chickened out and put on silver Boden ballet flats with faux diamonds on the top. The only reason I can offer why is that perhaps now I have a mental block toward the espadrilles. I can't really see myself wearing them with shorts (I'm 5"10 WITHOUT the 2+ inch heels... and will all that leg exposed.... yeah no.)
Maaaaybe I'll try them again with the jeans.
Both of these look like great alternatives for your espadrille conundrums. The cropped ones definitely look better, but you can wear your longer skinny jeans if you just cuff 'em or do a tight little roll that shows the ankle. As for your feelings of uncomfortable-ness about being too tall in them, well, I can't really help you there but you should know that there's nothing awesomer than seeing a tall woman who's not afraid to wear heels. Who cares that you're taller than everyone else? Most people will be probably looking at you in awe for how you're "owning it." Good luck!