Jute allures

Are espadrilles comfortable? Cristina says no, not usually:

More often than not, I would have to say no to that question. Especially with respect to the classic jute-soled, unlined styles that are both scratchy & lacking foot support.

But like so many other rules, it’s proved by the exception, this time from Vionic:

The “Calypso” is a comfortable espadrille wedge that features a jute-wrapped heel, canvas toe cap, rubber outsole & ankle straps. But the best part of this wedge isn’t just its fabulous look: it’s the comfortable foot bed with arch support. I’ve walked a few times in these shoes & they’re a fantastic shoe that you can actually walk in comfortably.

They have a 2.37 inch heel which is the perfect amount of height to lengthen the look of your legs, but also allow for actual walking! These strappy espadrilles are perfectly acceptable to wear to & from the office, to brunch & to take with you on your next vacation. They’re somewhere in between fancy & casual, so they can easily take you from day to night.

Calypso shoe by Vionic, sliced from a photo by Joel Gale

Now to me, 2.37 inches sounds awfully specific, what with all those presumably significant digits, so the first thing I did was do the metric conversion. It comes out to some trifling amount over 6 cm. The price rounds up to $140.


  1. fillyjonk »

    4 June 2017 · 4:15 pm

    I had a pair of “real” espadrilles for a while when I was in high school.

    The shoes you feature here are almost certainly more comfortable. The ones I had were super flat and had no support and you felt the sidewalk through them with every step. (I probably have fallen arches today from my teenaged predilection for shoes like those and also those cheap cloth “Chinese grandma” Mary-Jane type shoes)

  2. ETat »

    4 June 2017 · 9:56 pm

    Now these I like. Not the price, though: canvas + jute and over $40?!

  3. CGHill »

    4 June 2017 · 10:34 pm

    Not canvas: actual leather, in two colors besides this one.

  4. Holly H »

    5 June 2017 · 9:22 am

    ….”but also allow for actual walking!” kinda says it all, about women’s footwear.

    To fillyjonk’s point: yes, it’s not enough to be flat. I almost bought a generic pair of Skechers at Aldi’s but then I tried them on. Nope. Actually worth paying for the real thing.

  5. ETat »

    5 June 2017 · 8:34 pm

    It says right up there:”canvas toe cap”. That’s where most of support is needed – when you roll and put the mass of whole body on your toes.
    The designer was not best of pupil of Material Science, was (s)he?

  6. CGHill »

    5 June 2017 · 9:37 pm

    Rocket scientists cost a lot more. Ask Dolly Singh.

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