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I’m Calling It Now—This 2010s Shoe Trend Is About to Blow Up All Over Again

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The year was 2013 and I was just starting out in my first real job working in the fashion closet at my favorite fashion magazine. As such, I found myself constantly surrounded by the latest must-have trends, which I sadly could only afford to covet, not buy. The item at the top of my dream shopping wish list? A pair of two-tone, cap toe Chanel espadrilles. These simple flats were everywhere, worn by every influencer (then just bloggers) and up-and-coming top models. Seriously, for anyone interested in or working in fashion it was impossible to escape these espadrilles. It felt as though they were in every magazine, on the feet of every celebrity and in so many of the street style photos I routinely pinned to my Pinterest board.

Of course, by the time I was making enough money to potentially save up for a pair of my own, the trend tides had turned—Chanel’s cap-toe espadrilles had fallen from must-have status to being an indication that you were wearing last season’s styles (the horror). They became cemented in my mind as a shoe emblematic of the mid 2010’s. So imagine my surprise when I received an email from Koio with images of the brand’s latest collection featuring a black-and-camel, cap-toe espadrille nearly identical to the pairs I coveted a decade earlier. Is this shoe really making a comeback?, I wondered. Well, I now feel confident saying, yes, the flat espadrilles are back and ready to become a staple of your 2023 wardrobe.

chanel espadrilles
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Although it was specifically the Chanel-inspired color combo that grabbed my attention, combing through runway collections showed me that espadrilles in general were a popular footwear pick for the Resort and Spring/Summer ’23 shows. Ulla Johnson, Ralph Lauren and Marni all featured the comfy, summery design in a variety of colors and patterns. But what’s the best way to make this throwback shoe look cool and modern for 2023? We’ve got a few tips and tricks.

women wearing flat espadrilles in 2023
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First, opt for equally modern silhouettes—like wide-leg trousers and a square-neck knit tank—over other 2010’s staples like skinny jeans and peplum tops. In fact, we’d suggest avoiding anything that feels too “of the era,” i.e. trendy Y2K staples. Lean toward more of a quiet luxury vibe and keep things simple yet elevated. We’re talking tailored blazers or denim pencil skirts accessorized with structured handbags and slicked bag hairdos. And while there are some super cute patterned options out there, I think neutral or monochrome espadrilles are most likely to still be in style come next summer (and maybe even beyond that). So, unless you’ve held onto your OG Chanel or Chanel-inspired flats from 2013—fashion is cyclical, after all—here are some of my favorites new picks to invest in for summer 2023.

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Abby Hepworth is an RRCA-certified running coach who has worked in fashion for over 10 years. Want to know what shoes are in this season? She's got you. Need recommendations on...
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