* Made in Spain
* Super soft, sueded goatskin
* Braided jute platform and rubber sole
Put two classic shoes together and what do you get? In the hands of designer Matt Bernson, a suede espadrille loafer — a.k.a. a polished take on a casual summer favorite (or a laid-back take on a year-round staple?) Either way you look at it, his Cecilia espadrille combines the relaxed look of a ropey, jute sole with tasseled loafer styling that will take you straight from an office summer Friday to beach-side beers at sunset.
Up top, this hybrid has all the trappings of a timeless loafer: a toe that tapers to an elegant, almond shape and notched vamp topped off with an elegant double tassel. Down below, you’ll find a substantial but not-too-chunky braided platform of jute, the typical hallmark of an espadrille. Together, they’re the pairs of shoes that will clean up a pair of tattered denim shorts or bring an elaborately printed dress down to earth. Available in the lovely cloud grey seen here, dark indigo and a bright, citrusy yellow, their comfort combined with versatility practically mandates you buy one in each color.
They’re as easy to slip on as that other ubiquitous summer shoe, the rubber flip flop, but the look is well, sartorially superior. (Sorry flip-flop!) And why not notch up the style quotient? Cut from smooth, soft, sueded kidskin and perched on springy rope, they’re just easy on the feet, ending all arguments that looking good can’t feel that way, too.
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