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The first time I styled an outfit with espadrilles was nine years ago when British designer Luella Bartley did a Target collaboration. I bought two pieces from the collection, a white polo with a cherry on the left breast and a matching pleated skort that was filled with cherries and paired my outfit with red espadrilles that had pretty red and white striped ribbons. I looked forward to lacing up the ribbons around my ankles after morning swim practice; however, sunny days came and went as did my pretty red wedge espadrilles (sold to a neighbor at a garage sale).

Originally worn by peasants and soldiers, the rope-soled shoe was worn in France and Spain as early as the 13th century. Today, haute couture houses such as Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana and Valentino have incorporated these comfortable and chic shoes into their collections. Think black and white flats with interlocking Cs, jewels and lace.

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Espadrilles from Chanel's Resort 2015 collection

Often called the “unofficial shoe of summer,” espadrilles can be worn all day and for any occasion from the office to a pool party and brunch. Pair this summer staple with a shirt dress, your favorite tee and shorts or a pair of skinny jeans.

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