Espadrilles have become a summer staple over the last two years and while we don't wish to rain on the parade (we featured some favourites in our June issue after all) the basic variety still has a 'just returned from Mexico/Hawaii/a Calais supermarket and wish I was still there' feel about them. Despite this, there is something interesting about raffia trim, the woven sole material that's a trademark of espadrilles. And, apparently, a few designers agree.
First up is Vera (pictured above, £55), a company who bring the espadrille sole back down to earth. The upper is mesh, so it retains all the summer usefulness of the espadrille while keeping the aforementioned tourist look at bay. www.oipolloi.com
The most obvious (and most extreme) example has been the Prada version which makes use of just about every shoe trick in the book, creating a shoe that works very well in the catwalk but might be harder to pull of down the pub. It's actually proved so popular that it's impossible to track down, having sold out in every Prada store.
Last but not least is B Store (£155, above). Like Prada, they've created a shoe where the espadrille is only the mid unit. Thankfully they've avoided the steps that made Prada's version so schizophrenic, reducing the mad to the wearable. The crepe sole means that it could even be worn during winter if you so pleased. www.bstorelondon.com