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Packing List: Prepare for the Espadrille Invasion

The classic, Spanish summer shoe is making a comeback. And they’re eco-friendly, too. How 2011! I guarantee they will be all over the streets of Brooklyn within a month (move over Tom’s!)

Espadrilles are a great addition to The Packing List because they’re lightweight and collapsible, so won’t take up a lot of room in your suitcase. Great for beach days, boating or casual outings, but I wouldn’t rely on them for full days trekking around a city (not enough support). (Try these gladiator sandals instead.)

red soludos espadrilleA bright-colored pair can look great with shorts.espadrille shoe on the sartorialistAnd as The Sartorialist showed us, guys can pull them off, too.

Here’s Grace Kelly wearing a pair in the 1956 film “High Society.”

Espadrilles originated in northern Spain as a peasant shoe where they’ve been made since the 14th century. In Catalonia apparently there are some shops who’ve been making them for more than a century. While it would be wonderful to head to the Pyrenees to pick up a pair, you have an easier option.

Soludos makes the classic, jute-sole, reinforced-toe espadrille in a variety of colors and patterns for $24-$45.

Where would you like to wear them this summer?

The Packing List is a recurring column highlighting pieces that look great anywhere, especially in the seat of an Aston Martin on a cliff-side road in Italy.

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