Summer is on it’s way! It could not move any slower according to my needs, but that is a personal issue obviously! Nonetheless, it is creeping up and so we here at TomboyBKLYN are thinking about all of the seasonal goodies we would like try!

First on the list are those little rope shoes invented long ago in Spain called espadrilles. Espadrilles scream summer almost as loudly as flat leather sandals do.  Only difference is that in the past I have not been as keen to jump into an espadrille style shoe as quickly as I may be to jump into a gladiator flat.

This year, however, we have seen some that have taken on a sporty feel and have certainly caught our eye.  By using  mesh, neoprene, and canvas materials that add texture and quality, many high end brands such as Balenciaga, Stella McCartney, and Alexander Wang are proposing new sportier takes on traditional espadrilles along with several other boutique brands such as Soludos and Lika Mimika.

Below are some of our favorites in stores now, click on HERE to find out where you can buy!

METALLIC!

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First off these are probably the sportiest of the lot as they combine rubber outsoles with rope, which is divine! The version from Stella McCartney combines an Airmax silhouette with perforated metallic leather to make it a personal favorite and you can find it HERE!  The flat from Todds, comes in a close second with a favorite material mix of metallic and white people nude.  You can find them HERE!  Although neither are true espadrilles because of the rope they have made the cut.

HIGH TOP!

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These are so cute paired with a skirt, jeans, shorts or just your swimsuit! Try a smooth nubuck version with leather laces from Saint Laurent HERE! Or these super soft suede ones with a slightly higher bottom from Balenciaga HERE!

FLATFORM!

 

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Flatforms in any form are not going anywhere soon, at least that’s the guess. So for those that cant commit to the high top lace up but still want a bit of edge, try a low top lace up with a a little lift. These two here from Lika Mimika and Circus by Sam Edleman are great options to try. The Lika Mimika shoe comes in a wide range of colors and a super saft nappa leather that you can find HERE! Although not a usual Sam Edelman shopper these here with a multi color rope and fabric are pretty funky, and you can find them HERE!

HARDWARE!

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For the fans of anything hard and metal, these two picks should hit the spot. Alexander Wang has a silver metal zipper right up the front in this black and white combo, a TomboyBKLYN favorite, you can find it HERE! And this version from Rag and Bone, that you can find HERE, is the only sandal wedge we have on the list, but the little metal studs on the upper give it a easy and chic sporty feel!

MESH!

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Love the guys over at Street Etiquette! Looking good in these colorful mesh espadrilles they collaborated on with Soludos. I don’t think the version they have on their feet are available online anymore, but to the right is an awesome pair of light mesh lace up’s from Soludos that you can purchase HERE!