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The Espadrille Evolution

Once the shoe of choice for guys like Hemingway and Picasso, espadrilles traditionally consist of cotton or canvas uppers, and are anchored by a rope sole made from jute (a durable vegetable fiber). They're naturally light and breathable, making them ideal for this time of year. But they can be, for some, a bit too dainty. And others find those jute soles to be less than comfortable. Such men are in luck this summer, as there are a slew of styles that merge the easy-going style with more up-to-date shapes and modern comforts like padded rubber soles and for some, laces.

The Original

Soludos, $36

From left to right:

Boss Orange, $95; Sperry Top-Sider, $70; Keds for Brooks Brothers, $78

From left to right:

Onitsuka Tiger, $75; Ben Sherman, $60