Espadrilles are one of the best things about summer for me; as soon as I tie those canvas ribbons around my ankles, I instantly feel a little Grace Kelly-ish, and while I might be puffing down Hackney Road trying to catch the 55, I could almost conceivably be lounging on a sun terrace on the Riviera. Almost.
Anyway! Espadrilles need to be well made in order for them not to rub, or reduce your feet to fallen-arched, blistered misery. So – how to find good value, good quality espadrilles? Allow me to introduce you to Toni’s Got Sole.
The label is the brainchild of Loren Platt, who started out with a stall on Broadway Market selling espadrilles in every colour of the rainbow and now ships worldwide from her website. Loren named her label after her Spanish grandmother, Antonia ‘Toni’ Viel, who was a flamenco dancer in Madrid and would always wear her trusty espadrilles when she wasn’t stomping across the dance floor in her Mary Janes.
Loren’s authentic espadrilles are handmade by artisans in Spain and each season she adds some new shapes and colours to the range; this summer sugared almond-style lilac and pink pick up on the pastel trend and alongside the flats and wedges there’s a new flatform style. The raffia soles are comfy to walk (run and dance) in, and the cotton canvas is beautifully soft and doesn’t rub. My favourite shape, the 2.5 inch raffia wedge, costs just £30 – fantastic value for a shoe that’s been handmade with care and attention to detail.
There’s something about the classic espadrille that’s just so chic; they look great with rolled up jeans, shorts, a full skirt or a summer dress, adding just the right amount of casual prettiness without trying too hard. As an alternative to the sweaty, blister-inducing ballet pump (a bad choice in summer), the breathable cotton espadrille looks and feels so much better. tonisgotsole.com