Espadrilles give you permission to exhibit your playful side; these spotty, dotty platforms by Paloma Barcelo take frivolity to a new level. A little folkloric, even part country carnival with perhaps a dash of a Connect Four reference. Sure, they are reminiscent of a craft project, but in a lighthearted, fun way – with so much color and impish charm that they make you smile.
They are also a surefire way to brighten up summer whites and liven up your shoe wardrobe! Just don’t make like Carmen Miranda and wear with colorful outfit. Keep the rest of your look simple. Avoid attempts to match tones (these are quirky, bright colors and you’ll just end up looking like your old, kooky art teacher) and stick to stark ivories and tan neutrals to bring out the rope and cork. At Bergdorf Goodman for $295.
Pair with: Sheri Bodell’s cotton-voile halter dress has embroidered, peasant touches but a snappy length keeps you and your peppy espadrilles away from state fairgrounds. On Shopbop for $325.