Who would've thought that the espadrille, a jute-soled shoe that was originally worn by the King of Aragon’s infantry, would reach the heights of fashion icon status? Lucky for us, these shoes have come a long way since the 13th century.
Fast forward to the 1940s, when the utilitarian sandals got a glamorous makeover and were spotted on some of Hollywood's biggest stars, including Lauren Bacall and Rita Hayworth.
These days you can't walk a block (or a boardwalk) in the summertime without seeing someone sporting a pair of espadrilles. The signature rope bottoms are being put on sneakers, heels and more.
In celebration of espadrille season, we've hand selected a few -- all under $300 -- that will certainly put some pep in your step this season.
Top row: Proenza Schouler slingback espadrilles, $295; Tory Burch espadrilles, $95; Loeffler Randall "Mara" espadrilles, $195.
Middle row: Dolce Vita "Genivee" espadrilles, $120; Circus By Sam Edelman "Brandon" espadrilles, $110; Vince Camuto "Arabell" espadrilles, $79.
Bottom row: Topshop "Kitten" espadrilles, $75; Soludos "Lace-Up" espadrilles, $30; Go Jane "Nautical Stripes" espadrilles, $16.
Top row: Via Spiga "Ralina Tie" espadrilles, $250; UGG Australia "Atasha" espadrilles, $100; Castañer Costance wedge espadrilles, $302.
Middle row: Charlotte Russe "Qupid" espadrilles, $38; Paloma Barcelo wedge espadrilles, $257; Tory Burch "Lilah" espadrilles, $210.
Bottom row: H&M wedge espadrilles, $39; CiCi Hot espadrilles, $15; Topshop "Leap" espadrilles, $90.