Thousands and Thousands of People Search for These Chanel Shoes Every Month

When you ruminate on Chanel’s most iconic pieces, of course, handbags jump straight into view. Who can deny the decades-long tenure of a quilted 2.55? But if you put down the arm candy and step away from the tweed, there’s a new Chanel icon rising up the ranks. One that encapsulates French Riviera dressing better than any other piece on the rail. Welcome to the reign of the Chanel espadrilles: An item that is searched for between 10,000 and 100,000 times a month, according to Google analytics—with April being its peak moment.

As soon as the sun bursts through the clouds of early spring, you’ll see the leaders of the style set, from fashion buyers and editors to street style stars and A-listers, all breaking out their trusty Chanel espadrilles; aka, the official shoes of the summer. Chic yet comfortable and inimitably elegant (especially for a flat), no other pair of shoes strikes the balance between style and sensibility quite so well.

No wonder then that Chanel espadrilles are fast becoming one of the fashion house’s must-have pieces, especially for S/S 18. So to make sure you’re in-the-know about summer’s cult shoes, keep scrolling for your complete guide to buying and styling Chanel’s iconic espadrilles.

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The Backstory

Every icon has one, so where does the story of Chanel's espadrilles begin? Despite the classic nonbranded espadrilles themselves dating back to the 14th century (granted, before Coco Chanel’s time), and becoming fashionable in the 1940s thanks to Lauren Bacall’s Key Largo wardrobe, the Chanel espadrilles didn’t debut until 2013, which was long after Yves Saint Laurent had made wedge espadrilles popular in the 1970s.

An evolution of the classic Chanel ballet flats, Karl Lagerfeld’s S/S 13 espadrilles teamed a pastel canvas upper with the interlocking Cs logo and an almost-gold toe cap. But as with all things Lagerfeld, things moved fast from there. The introduction of the now famous leather version from the Parisian fashion house changed the game for summer footwear forever—buttery soft, chic, durable, and great for the city as well as the beach? Oh Karl, you really do spoil us!

The current resort and spring collections feature a hot medley of quilted lambskin, patent leather toe caps, and sequins, plus impressively delicate cutouts channeling a broderie Anglaise effect. So if you’re yet to join the gang, now’s the time to strike.

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Where to Shop

Notoriously, Chanel still opts out of the online retail scene. That means if you want to treat your feet to a pair of Chanel espadrilles, they’re going to have to carry you straight to a Chanel boutique.

In London, you’ll find Chanel stores on Sloane Street, New Bond Street, and Brompton Cross, as well as the concession boutiques in Harrods, Selfridges, and Heathrow Airport. Price-wise, you’re looking at leather espadrilles starting at £530 and climbing to £570 for this season's standout pair in Millennial Pink (see below), while the canvas styles start at £490. Of course, you could be savvy and snap up a secondhand pair on a website like Vestiaire Collective.

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How to Wear Chanel Espadrilles

Just like all things Chanel, the list of espadrille fans is endless. From supermodels including Gisele, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Kendall Jenner, and Alessandra Ambrosio to street style stars like Chiara Ferragni and Aimee Song, the cult footwear has graced the feet of many a fashion VIP. Which just proves our point that with Chanel espadrilles, you really can style them with anything.

Skinny denim and a blazer? Fancy haute couture? Keep scrolling for four ways to wear your Chanel espadrilles in 2018.

Skinny Jeans + Blazer

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Smart denim, checked blazer, and a white blouse with statement cuffs—add Chanel’s sleek black espadrilles and you’ve got office dressing sorted.

Frothy Dresses

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Chanel’s nude leather espadrilles? The perfect pair of flats to complement a pretty summer dress, as demonstrated by Tallia Storm at Paris Couture Fashion Week.

All-Black Uniform

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If you’re an all-black-everything kind of person, Chanel’s nude espadrilles with black toe caps are the perfect alternative to summer sandals.

Sports Luxe

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Fed up of sneakers? Switch them out for leather or lace-up espadrilles and team with a playsuit like Kendall Jenner in Cannes.

Feeling inspired? Take a look at our edit of the best Chanel espadrilles to invest in this season in the gallery below.

Now you’re all set to try these iconic shoes out for yourself. 

This post was originally published on Who What Wear UK.