A summer staple, the espadrille combines the functionality of a sneaker with the comfort and breathability of a sandal. They are typically covered, made of canvas, and sport plaited fibre soles. But recent years have seen many brands have putting their own twist on materials and designs for a contemporary take on this classic shoe.

Espadrille lovers are fond of these low maintenance shoes because of how easy it is to slip them on, and how they are effortlessly stylish and comfortable to walk in. To get you all geared up for the summer, we’ve put together some really fun pairs ranging from a flamboyant printed option from Dolce & Gabbana, to a black, studded affair by Givenchy, and even a criss-cross lace up one by Louis Vuitton.

Whether you like your footwear made of canvas, leather, suede or denim, we’ve compiled something for everyone in the list below. Go from picnic-in-the-park casual to date night-ready with your new favourite shoe type, while being completely assured that your feet will be comfortable the entire time. Time to get head over –espadrilles!

(Main photo: @jaimiecastro; Featured photo: @curvestyling)

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Printed leather espadrilles in Mambo Print by Dolce & Gabbana, RM2,845

If this doesn’t give you summer vibes, we don’t know what will. We’re completely in love with the bright colours and artsy designs on this fun pair.

Dolce & Gabbana

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Lane flats by Kate Spade New York, RM731

Casual, colourful and oh-so-chic, these Lane flats by Kate Spade New York combine design elements of a sneaker and an espadrille into one fun look. The main colour is navy blue, with bursts of summery orange, red and light blue in the form of cute pompoms.

Kate Spade New York

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Rita espadrille in black and saddle by Coach, RM718

This combo of a sandal and espadrille with good breathability sounds just about right for us in sunny Malaysia. This pair is also available in a beautiful beechwood shade, if you prefer a lighter colour for the season.

Coach

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Palazzo leather espadrilles by Versace, RM2,587

For something a little edgier, try these black beauties from Versace’s Palazzo line. They’re made of leather with slightly square-cut toes and adorned with a central Medusa Head emblem.

Versace

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Embroidered floral brocade espadrilles by Gucci, RM2,826

Bright and cheerful, we’re digging these embroidered floral brocade espadrilles by Gucci and its tropical colours of pink, greens and blues. The hopeless romantic in us also swooned at the text, “Blind for Love” that runs across both shoes.

Gucci

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Midnight Blue espadrilles, 2cm by Dior, RM3,406

In love with denim and cannot lie? Dior uses reworked denim in this combination of an espadrille with a slip-on, topped (or rather, bottomed) with a notched sole for a sporty touch. It is also embroidered with pretty florals in shades of blue.

Dior

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‘Dreya’ Pop Orange Suede with Studs by Jimmy Choo, RM1,779

Bright and bold yet clean cut with stud detailing, pair these Jimmy Choo kicks with a simple white shirt and jeans for a casual yet stylish look.

Jimmy Choo

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Savanna espadrilles by Louis Vuitton

Lace up these lovely Savanna espadrilles for a fun date in the park. This velvety suede, baby goat leather pair features a chic pointed toe, criss-crossing laces and bright pink pompoms attached to a piece of Monogram canvas.

Louis Vuitton

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Espadrille frame toe bootie in tan calfskin by Céline, RM2,226

Nobody said espadrilles had to be flats, so we’ve included this pretty tan calfskin pair by Céline that will give you a comfortable pop of height for your daily ensemble.

Céline

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Studded trim espadrilles by Givenchy, RM2,446

If you love your black and studs combination but also want an espadrille, this is the perfect combination right here. Enjoy the comfort of a flat espadrille while rocking the studs as you would normally.

Givenchy