Women's espadrilles for summer - une femme d'un certain âge

Let’s take a look at some summery espadrilles

women's espadrilles summer styles.

We’re having a round of “May Gray” here in West L.A. It’s cloudy and chilly with a sneaky bit of drizzle here and there. I’m looking forward to warmer days and busting out the sandals again. So to summon a sunny frame of mind, may I present some summer for your feet…

Espadrilles, in their various iterations, have become an iconic footwear style. Whether sandals or closed toe versions, they always look summery to me.🌞 (I’m using the term “espadrille” broadly here, as any shoe with jute soles or jute detailing on the outside of the sole.)

Women’s espadrilles (sandals and closed-toe styles)

Most of these styles are available in additional colors than shown.

Castaner Carina espadrille wedges in navy.

Espadrilles originated in Spain, and Castañer is a well-known Spanish brand. (In the late 60’s, they put themselves on the map by designing espadrilles for Yves Saint Laurent.) Here’s a classic ankle tie wedge style in Navy.

Castaner Dosalia slingback espadrille wedge sandals.

If the ankle strap isn’t your thing, or you’d prefer a lower heel, these slingback wedges are a versatile option.

Eileen Fisher espadrille sandals in light gold. These are SO comfortable! Details at une femme d'un certain age.

Of all the sandals in my wardrobe, these soft metallic espadrille sandals are the ones I reach for most often to “finish” an outfit. They’re comfortable, classic, have just enough of a wedge heel, and look good with everything. Metallics are neutrals with “pop.” I’ve had this pair for a couple of years, and plan to keep them as long as I can.

Toni Pons espadrille sandals mint green.

This aqua-green pair would look smashing with white denim, but would “play well” with a lot of other colors too…

Toni Pons red wedge espadrille sandals.

And red is surprisingly versatile.

Steve Madden espadrille sandals in denim blue.

These budget-friendly sandals are available in several colors, and have an elastasized ankle strap for easy on-off.

Vionic Aileen wedge espadrilles in white.

I think white or off-white sandals make an outfit look fresh and crisp. These have good arch support and are available in Wide width.

David Tate slip-on espadrilles in star print.

For those of you who with narrow feet, here’s a fun slip-on style in a metallic star print, offered in AA to EE widths!

Anthropologie flatform fisherrman espadrille sandals. Love the blue stitching!

I’m kind of smitten with these fisherman style espadrilles. I just love that blue contrast edging and stitching!

Soludos Aperol Spritz themed espadrilles.

Love love love the Aperol Spritz design on these (budget-friendly) espadrille smoking slippers!

J.Crew ankle tie espadrilles yellow.

These are available in a few colors, but this saffron yellow is my favorite! 💛

Eileen Fisher Lala espadrille flats in blue.

These flats could be a nice option for those who prefer a closed-toe, but still want an open feel (and air circulation).

Madewell braided leather slide sandals.

If you’re open to a slide sandal, these have a very “bought them on a beach in Greece” vibe…

More women’s espadrille styles:

Mark your calendars…

I’ll be doing TWO Instagram lives over the next few days…and I’m very excited about both!!

Over 50 Bloggers Tania Stephens, Susan Blakey, Jennifer Connolly and Deborah Boland.

Today at 2pm ET/ 11am PT the “Over 50 Style Lounge” will convene to talk about HAIR. Hair styles, hair color (or not), dealing with thinning hair, etc. Come see what Jennifer, Deborah, Tania and I have to share…just follow me on Instagram to watch.

Ivana Nohel and Annie Castaño of Castanohel scarves

And Sunday at 1pm ET / 10am PT, I’ll be joined by Annie Castaño and Ivana Nohel (the duo behind Castanohel scarves). We’re going to be talking about Style Personalities (Classic, Gamine, Natural, Romantic, etc.) color, scarves, and more. This should be really informative and fun, so hope you can join us!

If you can’t make it, I’ll be saving both to my IGTV feed, and will make available here next week. (I’m still trying to figure out how to make these available to those who don’t have an Instagram account, so bear with me.)

Stay in touch.

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  1. Elizabeth
    May 14, 2021 / 2:03 pm

    Love the summer shoes posted today. I’m your age, Susan, have straight narrower feet, but am now finding I need firmer support around my heels.
    I thought of you & your new colours when I came across this jewellery designer recently. She uses every colour of stone imaginable, so would suit all of the colour families, leelagracejewelry.com & check under “color therapy”.
    I hope you can imbed today’s and Sunday’s talks into your blog. I enjoyed your last session with the 3 bloggers.

  2. Kay
    May 14, 2021 / 2:18 pm

    I find the platform soles on most espadrilles too high. There is one here that might be work.

  3. Carol
    May 14, 2021 / 9:38 pm

    Are the comments turned off?

    • Susan Blakey
      May 15, 2021 / 6:29 am

      No, why? Are you not seeing them?

  4. coco
    May 16, 2021 / 6:17 am

    I love espadrilles but find more often that not there is no bend or give in the sole and I end up walking stilted like Frankenstein. Maybe this only happens with cheaper shoes? Or is it just part of the style?

    • Susan Blakey
      May 16, 2021 / 10:37 am

      I think it depends both on the thickness of the sole, and the material in the soles. I also find a little bit of wedge makes it easier to walk and reduces that “clompy” feeling.

  5. Heidi L
    May 20, 2021 / 5:57 pm

    For a less expensive but awesome option try Diego’s Espadrilles. Made in Spain and most pairs less then 60 bucks and come in three heel heights from flat to 2-3 inches. LOTS of styles.

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