I love heels as much as the next girl, but when the weather gets warm, it's all about flats. Nothing says summer weather like espadrilles. Flat, but totally beachy-chic, these rope sandals instantly add a dash of Mediterranean without looking out of place. In fact, they tend to look like you are heading to some envy-worthy beach locale!
Originally designed for foot soldiers in the 13th century, espadrilles have evolved (in materials and comfort, I'm sure!), but kept their roots with their natural-colored soles and easy-to-walk-in design. This season, I'm especially loving those in bright, poppy colors or fun patterns. One word of caution when shopping for espadrilles, look at the inner portion of the shoe and see if that part also features the rope. While this does pay homage to the shoe's traditional feel, this can irritate after a bit. Instead look for those that feature some cushion for maximum comfort.