es·​pa·​drille ˈe-spə-ˌdril How to pronounce espadrille (audio)
: a sandal usually having a fabric upper and a flexible sole

Examples of espadrille in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The hero of the ’fit is really the shoe: a pair of Chanel raffia espadrille sandals with the iconic interlocking CC logo on the Velcro straps. Kathleen Walsh, Glamour, 7 Sep. 2023 Carlier this year, the brand worked with two European cordwainers to create a collection of Italian leather sandals, and has also produced espadrilles in Spain. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 24 Aug. 2023 Queen Letizia and her teens aced summer style in breezy dresses and espadrilles — a favorite vacation combination! Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 1 Aug. 2023 Zeta-Jones paired the outfit with sunglasses and espadrille while walking hand-in-hand with the Fatal Attraction star, who was pictured in white trousers, a navy blue shirt and black shoes. Michael Lee Simpson, Peoplemag, 14 Aug. 2023 Her shoes were a sensible pair of espadrilles for dancing all night to the German DJ duo Claptone. Leena Kim, Town & Country, 9 Aug. 2023 Made in Spain, these J. Crew espadrilles in black or cream are a great option for espadrilles as well! Nneya Richards, Travel + Leisure, 1 Aug. 2023 Zimmermann Vitali crochet trim two-piece swimsuit Dries Van Noten Tibba crochet cotton skirt Chloé Pema platform espadrille sandal See by Chloé Laetizia stripe tote bag Best Shoe Deals From gold hardware to strappy details, here’s a collection of shoes that will elevate any outfit. Alexis Bennett, Vogue, 1 Aug. 2023 The shoes were golden platform espadrilles embellished at the strap with colorful jewels, the sunglasses had a rosy tint on the lenses to match the red dress, and the hoops were silver to go with the rest of the look. Rosa Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 28 July 2023 See More

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Word History


French, alteration of espardille, ultimately from Latin spartum

First Known Use

1892, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of espadrille was in 1892

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Cite this Entry

“Espadrille.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


es·​pa·​drille ˈes-pə-ˌdril How to pronounce espadrille (audio)
: a shoe with a cloth upper and often with a rope braid around the edge
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