from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A shoe usually having a fabric upper part and a sole made of a flexible material, such as rope or rubber.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a light shoe having an upper made of fabric and a sole of rope

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a sandal with a sole made of rope or rubber and a cloth upper part.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a sandal with a sole made of rope or rubber and a cloth upper part


French, from Provençal espardilho, diminutive of espart, esparto, from Latin spartum; see esparto.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French espadrille. (Wiktionary)


  • The espadrille is a time-honored comfort solution, having been made in Spain since the fourteenth century; this simple-cum-elegant design was also “green” well before Earth was put in peril by man.

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  • I wonder about the “espadrille-shoed chèvre” also.

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  • Hmmmm ... un espadrille-shoed chèvre avec une barbiche!

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  • A fabric espadrille wedge from Bettye Muller with leather zip-up back oozes personality in a punchy print mix.

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  • While in Argentina he came across a shoe called the alpargata , a kind of espadrille, and thought it would sell well in the United States.

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  • Here are my suggestions: Dune's "Nevanna" low wedges, £55, Nicole Farhi's burlap-soled "Gladis" more of a sneaker than an espadrille, but still very cool, £130 and Burberry's buckled leather espadrilles, £250.

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  • She wore a yellow dress with a blue sweater around her shoulders, paired with espadrille wedges and a beaded necklace.

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  • These Dalila flat espadrille sandals by Paloma Barceló show that even espadrilles, a longtime warm weather staple, can be freshened up. $195 at www.

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  • Of course, here at Fashion Statement we couldn't possible restrict ourselves to flat shoes, so we also offer you these lovely colourful suede espadrille-style sandals from Duo (£69), perfect for a summer wedding, or these patent ones from Jaeger (£90) in a cheery cherry red.

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  • Rock a more casual look with the quick addition of a medium-height espadrille or wedge, tote bag, and denim jacket or cropped blazer atop.

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