Sneakers have turned into the default footwear choice for men, given how the casual shoe style has become appropriate for occasions that span the office to black-tie parties. Comfort is the key reason sneakers have led the pack so far, but this season, the tides have turned to favour another shoe style that rivals the sneaker in terms of form and function. Enter espadrilles for men.

For the uninitiated, espadrilles were invented in the 14th century by the Spanish people. Specifically, the region of Pyrenees in Catalonia, as well as the French Octavion region. In fact, today you can still find Catalonian brand Castaner producing these traditional Spanish slip-on shoes for both men and women.

Traditionally, espadrilles are made with canvas or cotton, with the braided rope sole being the identifying factor of the shoe style. From being traditional Spanish footwear to a modern-day trend, espadrilles are now one of the classic footwear styles every man should own.

There’s so much to like about men’s espadrilles. They’re relaxed yet stylish, making for the perfect smart casual look. Imagine dressing in a day suit complete with espadrilles – it’s absolutely Pierce Brosnan on the set of Mamma Mia vibes. Being in a tropical country such as ours, the humble espadrille has never been so suited for our climate. Why wear Birkenstocks when you can look even better in a pair of espadrilles?

Start shopping for a new pair of men’s espadrilles with our pick of some of the latest releases this season: