I’m a comfy shoe kind of gal. I live in flats and flip flops year-round. Xavier makes fun of my exposed feet when I walk around in flats sans tights in the winter. What can I say? I’m just a Florida girl.
These espadrilles are from Drilleys, based in Tampa. This pair is the 2013 Women’s Beige Espadrilles. When I wear these, I’m frequently asked if they are TOMS. At first glance, the construction does look similar, but this as a whole, these shoes really stand alone!
If you’re unfamiliar with espadrilles, they are handmade flats made using materials like hemp or jute, and they are extremely comfortable. The braided fiber foot bed and the canvas upper form to your feet. When I first put them on they were so snug, I wasn’t sure they were a good fit, but within just a few hours of walking around the house with them on, they were already stretching to my foot shape. I call these flats my slipper shoes because they feel so lightweight and comfy, it’s like I’m hardly wearing anything on my feet!
I usually wear a 7.5, but seeing as Drilley’s only come in whole-sizes, I selected an 8 in the 2013 Women’s Beige Espadrilles and the Prima Women’s Beige Espadrilles (not pictured). The Prima version has a thicker rubber sole and less stitching detail around the sole. The classic version sits tighter on the heel. You can see from my picture above that the sole juts out about 1/4-1/2 inch from the back of the heel. The Prima version does not, so the size 8 in that style is just a little too big for me.
I’ve been wearing these bad boys nonstop for the past three or four months, and they have held up very well. There is a little separating of the braided foot bed, and I’ve worn down the sole from walking heavy on my heels, but I will continue to wear these for a long while.. should the Denver weather permit! The 2013 Women’s Black Espadrilles are next on my wishlist.These shoes were sent to me complementary from Drilley’s for the purpose of testing and reviewing.