Definition of espadrille in English:


Pronunciation /ˈɛspədrɪl/ /ˌɛspəˈdrɪl/


  • A light canvas shoe with a plaited fibre sole.

    • ‘Time to bring back summertime's other footwear staple: espadrilles.’
    • ‘Team your slouchy, layered outfits with wedge heeled espadrilles, because the sandals which originate from Spain and were big in the 70s are back once again.’
    • ‘I slipped on some white hemp soled espadrilles and went down to the open-air restaurant to get some food, because I was hungry.’
    • ‘Finish the look with a touch of crochet and add as many broad belts, wooden beaded necklaces, wedge espadrilles and tooled leather handbags as you dare.’
    • ‘Many of Imelda's shoes are now in a museum, including the pair of simple canvas espadrilles she was wearing at the time she had to literally run from the palace to escape the revolt.’
    • ‘Try straw-coloured espadrilles or any shoe in soft caramel suede.’
    • ‘Then, collect a few play-proof details to keep you looking modern… like a forever-comfortable espadrille because it's an infinitely more fresh choice than an ordinary pair of trainers.’
    • ‘I wanted to wear my suede boots but it was raining that day, so espadrilles it was.’
    • ‘I remember that my French dream was to come here, live in a village and go down to the market in my espadrilles to buy lovely produce.’
    • ‘Some, however, look clunkier than others, so choose a style relevant for the occasion; espadrilles are great for the beach, but they're not necessarily suitable for the office.’
    • ‘If you can find any decent espadrilles with at least a 4-inch heel, please let me know.’
    • ‘We pass three young girls, espadrilles on their feet.’
    • ‘Somewhat foolishly I was wearing a pair of rope espadrilles - but we made it down safely.’
    • ‘As she races around town, she trips over her espadrille straps and falls into a wheelie bin.’


Late 19th century from French, from Provençal espardi(l)hos, from espart ‘esparto’, from Latin spartum (see esparto).



/ˈɛspədrɪl/ /ˌɛspəˈdrɪl/