1 Piece/3 Ways: Leather Espadrilles

July 16th, 2013

Remember our friend Gagan Singh (as featured here and here)?

He recently started producing the perfect summer shoe: leather espadrilles.

These versatile slip-ons are handmade in India, available in black (brown coming soon), and only run $150 a pop.

Here’s three of the hundreds of ways you can style them for summer.

1. Leisure Suit


If you haven’t noticed already, I like to wear suits. Even if the situation doesn’t necessarily call for one. The simplicity and tradition of a suit is what appeals to me. I reach in the closet, grab a summer suit (like this olive cotton number), a white shirt, and a couple simple accessories and I can be the “well dressed guy” wherever I go for the day. It’s a simple recipe, really.

Once you’ve done the work of shopping for the right items and having them properly tailored, being “well dressed” becomes straighforward and a matter of routine.

The leather espadrilles are perfect for dressing down a lightweight suit; they look like loafers but feel like sneakers.


This particular suit was an original sample from the DT x MAB collection I designed a couple years back. The fabric has a little stretch it in (3% elastane, if I remember correctly) which makes it much more comfortable (especially for you guys wearing ’em extra-slim)…although, like any elastic, the question is how long will the “bounce back” last. I’ve been pretty rough on it, and it’s holding up well… So far so good.

My friend Angel Ramos, aka ANGEL BESPOKE (as featured here and here), recently made me this shirt. The guy, a style icon in his own right and fellow winner of Esquire’s “best dressed”, is known for his very strong collars. This one stands at attention and really creates a powerful, commanding look. As he admits, it can take a little getting used to, but after a few wears you can’t go back to wearing those soft whimpy collars.


Olive Worsted Suit

  • Straw fedora by Stetson (courtesy of Fedoras.com) ·
  • White cotton shirt by Angel Bespoke ·
  • Brown woven belt from KMart ·
  • Leather espadrilles by Singh and Son
  • · Olive cotton suit

2. Business Casual


If I have to look buttoned-up on those hot & humid days, I usually swap out the blazer for a waistcoat. Preferably a linen one.

This brown third-piece, for example, keeps my look sharp and neat without the heat and restriction of a jacket.


When it’s getting nasty out, it’s okay to unfasten a few buttons.

Typically I leave two shirt buttons open, but in this weather I’ll often dip to three.


Again, the leather espadrilles are a perfect “in between” dressy/casual compliment.


Worsted Wool Vest in Coffee

Khaki Cotton Trouser

3. Damn It’s Hot!


I’m not much of a shorts guy but NYC has been extra hot-and-sticky lately. That doesn’t mean you need a tank top and flip-flops, though.

Camp shirts are a favorite of mine for this kind of weather. They’re super lightweight and have an open neckline that looks natural with a few buttons undone (not to mention the chest pockets are great for storing shades).


When it comes to inseam of shorts, everybody has a different preference. I feel most comfortable with a hem that hits a couple inches above the kneecap. If you have the legs (and balls) for the shorty shorts, by all means, go for it.

Leather espadrilles are also a great alternative to sandals, for those who aren’t fully comfortable with the concept of open-toes.

  • Gold Plated hand-engraved shades by Matsuda ·
  • Khaki camp shirt by Brooks Brothers Black Fleece ·
  • Olive chino shorts by Bonobos ·
  • Leather espadrilles by Singh and Son ·
  • Brown leather duffle by Frank Clegg Leatherworks

Thanks, as always, for reading.

Yours in style,

Articles of Style


Photography by Alex Crawford