SS14 Footwear trend – Espadrille It
The classic A-line construction espadrille has been going strong for a good few years, a staple in any fashion conscious individuals wardrobe or just an easy going item for the beach and house lounging. SS14 is no exception with the espadrille being seen in more variations than ever before in mens, womens and childrens footwear. It is not the most exciting bit of footwear but it is never the less a big trend for the season, following through no doubt to 2015. Make the most of its cheap price point and consider pushing it up a little with some additional features.
Updating it for Spring Summer 2014 with hybrid versions of the espadrille is an interesting way to ride the trend and push it forward. If you have a successfully selling lightweight (canvas or textile based upper), simple construction style (plimsoll or chukka boot) in your range and you want to move it on to 2014 with a trendy update – espadrille it, and by that I mean, rope wrap the midsole, Jute or Hessian, as long as it has the espadrille effect – as simple as that. Right next to that throw in accessories such as a fedora and trilbie hat, put them in wovens with fun bands and you have the look.
These Oxford lace up Espadrilles are a great example of updating and bringing forward a popular item with the wrap. This less slouched version of the classic style (in Espadrille terms) are a far throw from there A-line cousins. Lyle & Scott are expanding the shelf life of this style by pushing it as a transitional item to be worn in Summer and Autumn by producing it in heavier cottons, reducing that unstructured look and only using neutral colours such as navy, grey and brown.
If your looking for value for money options then fake wrap the midsole only (as above), with a generic injected bottomplate, if you want something more exclusive, consider a boat shoe or desert shoe with the real espadrille detail. The Derby shoe from Paul Smith for SS13 has a great take on the wrap detail. With a coloured rope, contrasting laces and a natural leather outsole, these are some stunners. The soft suede is supple and delicate to the touch, sporting a minimal amount of punch detailing on the overlay panel edge.
Prada have also produced several versions incorporating the iconic roped look, heavily offset by a punchy two coloured EVA midsole and bright rubber outsole, a more recent and toned down version of this is the Desert boot. Prada have really owned this over the top chunky EVA look, for better and sometimes for worse. Whether you like the overall style and look of this shoe or not, the colourway and balance of materials work really well.
Ok, so your’e not a fan of the Espadrille look above? Don’t despair, there is a middle ground and it is right here in the form of the Brook Brothers leather lace up boat shoe. The perfect make up of materials to transition from Summer to Autumn and still be relevant next Summer, some might call that lazy, I call that clever. Low profile, great for smart casual and an all round good looking shoe.
Enjoy the Espadrille for a Spring Summer range, consider neutral bases as well as funky brights. Buyers and designers a like should make the most of this cheap and on trend detail.