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When I find the platonic ideal of something – be it the perfect turtleneck, oxford shirt or espadrille – I’ll often buy it in every color. Since many of us are currently tidying our closets and giving more thought to the clothing we keep, I thought it was apropos to start a series on the items I love so much I buy them over and over again. I’ve owned numerous pairs of Castañer’s perfectly proportioned espadrilles over the years and they are essential for warm weather getaways. This timeless shoe is offered in an array of colors and heel heights right now, making it the perfect time to snap them up in every color.
I love brands with storied pasts and Castañer’s history stretches back over two centuries to 1776 when Rafael Castañer, the family’s first espadrille maker, was born. The family-run business opened their first workshop in Spain in 1927, was nationalized to create espadrilles for the Spanish army in the 30’s, and by 1970 they were creating wedges for famous fashion houses such as Yves Saint Laurent.
Today, they continue to offer the perfect wedge espadrille year over year, and since many of us are looking forward to warm weather vacations it’s the perfect time to snap up a pair (or two) of these classic summer shoes. I prefer the 60mm and 80mm heel heights since part of an espadrille’s charm is that it’s easy to walk through grassy parks and sandy beach restaurants, if they get too high the comfort factor goes down. This brown suede version pictured above is the most recent addition to my collection which I purchased from Net-A-Porter (they always seem to have the best selection of colors and heel heights). I also own them in pink, yellow, red and black. Castañer’s wedge espadrilles’ cushion-y jute-wrapped soles are so comfortable I brought them on our world trip and wore them hiking around Machu Picchu. (Proof here, other outfits here, here and here.)