In 2019, it’s perfectly adequate for men to wear their hype sneakers to the office. In fact, the sneaker has become a wardrobe staple, so comfortable and stylish that it would seem stupid to let go of it for another type of footwear. But we’re here to convince you that there’s more to life than your oversized dad sneakers. Another option? Men’s espadrilles.

For the uninitiated, espadrilles were invented in the 14th century by the Spanish people. Specifically, the region of Pyrenees in Catalonia, as well as the French Octavion region. In fact, today you can still find Catalonian brand Castaner producing these traditional Spanish slip-on shoes for both men and women.

Traditionally, espadrilles are made with canvas or cotton, with the braided rope sole being the identifying factor of the shoe style. From being traditional Spanish footwear to a modern-day trend, espadrilles are now one of the classic footwear styles every man should own.

There’s so much to like about men’s espadrilles. They’re relaxed yet stylish, making for the perfect smart casual look. Imagine dressing in a day suit complete with espadrilles – it’s absolutely Pierce Brosnan on the set of Mamma Mia vibes. Being in a tropical country such as ours, the humble espadrille has never been so suited for our climate. Why wear Birkenstocks when you can look even better in a pair of espadrilles?

Start shopping for a new pair of men’s espadrilles with our pick of some of the latest releases this season:


PohNee Chin
Editor, Kuala Lumpur
Poh Nee is the editor and writes about travel and drinks. When she's not living out her holiday dreams via Google Earth and sipping on an Old Fashioned down at the local bars, you can find her snug at home bingeing on Netflix and mystery fiction.