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Marais, Soludos and Michael Kors

Espadrilles are a timeless summer staple, but anyone who's ever teetered around in a too-tall version knows that the higher they get, the more painful they become. Which is why we're thrilled to report that this season they've gone both flat and comfortable.

Here, the lowdown on the newest ways to wear them:

Simple Not just for well-tanned Europeans and hipsters, Mediterranean-chic Soludos ($28) are a smart and walkable alternative to flip-flops. While we love them in classic stripes and denim, we're also intrigued by the new Opening Ceremony collaboration ($35) which pairs the iconic slipper with wild, outlandish prints.

Strappy Pretty meets edgy in these Sigerson Morrison sandals ($168) which are a more subtle take on the gladiator look. Meanwhile, these Marais espadrille wedges ($105) are just plain pretty in bright tomato, emerald or blue, with a delicate ankle strap for retro sophistication.

Dancer Looking to take spring's ballerina trend into summer? We suggest Lanvin's gorgeous, satin version ($435) which may be the only party-dress appropriate espadrille we've seen. For a more everyday option, try this Michael Kors slip-on ($69), which is like a ballet flat on holiday.

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