Everyone, from the most influential style mavens to key figures in the fashion landscape, has anchored their outfit with a pair of Chanel shoes—namely Chanel espadrilles at some point. Everyday design, comfortable and breathable materiality, and an ever-elegant Parisian-inspired slant all combine in these seasonal espadrilles, which are one of the most timeless silhouettes that the Maison has ever released.
Despite the classic non-branded espadrille silhouette dating back to the 14th century and becoming nothing short of a fashion statement in the 1940s as a result of Lauren Bacall’s epochal Key Largo wardrobe, the Chanel shoe rendition was not realized until 2013. A natural progression from the brand’s classic ballet flats, Karl Lagerfeld’s Spring/Summer 2013 espadrilles were created from a pastel canvas, accented with the brand’s interlocking CC logo and finished with a gold-hued toe cap—a style that’s very much still in-demand.
More modern interpretations range from signature quilted lambskin iterations to sequined marvels that elevate the humble espadrille to a glamorous, party-ready option. In previous seasons, it’s been all about the fluid combination between elegance and edge, as well as variations seen in decadent, velvet finishes. The Chanel espadrille offering for 2021 centers around new takes on classics, with the footwear being crafted from tweed, grosgrain and leather. The standout style for us? The pair that will keep you going through fall thanks to their cozy knitted finish.