Emporio Armani Suede Espadrille Review

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When buying Armani products, you are buying tradition, classic style, and quality, that can seldom be matched. The Emporio Armani Suede Espadrille for men features a slip-on espadrille design with a few modern touches, like the vulcanized rubber outsole, toe cap, and stitched-on pull-tab, as well as a soft suede upper with a soft leather lining for a comfortable stroll.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Durable rubber outsole
  • High quality Italian suede upper
  • Stitched-on pull-tab
  • Slip-on design
  • Flexible construction
Cons
  • Expensive
Outsole

Outsole

The sole of espadrilles is traditionally manufactured of esparto rope, which is made of halfas grass native to North Africa and Southern Europe, hence the name espadrilles. That said the majority of modern espadrilles are made of jute soles from Bangladesh, due to availability and cost. The jute sole usually comes with either a vulcanized rubber or crepe outsole, to ensure longevity, and EVA foam incorporated in the jute sole for a cushioned underfoot. Instead of featuring some intricate tread pattern, the rubber outsole of Armani’s espadrille is flat, with the Emporio Armani logo embedded in the middle. However, this does not mean that these espadrilles have no traction, as the rubber used for the outsole is sticky on its own and will keep the wearer firmly on the ground. As for the midsole, the process of making it is more complicated than, for example, making regular sandals. The process consists of machine-braiding the jute twines and forming them into shape by hand, which is then hydraulically pressed into their final shape. The whole espadrille sole is finished by a vertical stitch using espadrille needles, to give it that traditional look.
Upper

Upper

Armani is known for their Italian leather of the finest quality and they chose a smooth and soft suede for their men’s espadrille. The upper has a slip-on design, consisting of two suede panels, one for the forefoot and one for the rear, which are sewn together for added durability and style. The upper is stitched onto the sole, ensuring longevity, with a beige thread, similar in color to the esparto rope used for the sole, and it features a loop-like pattern, which adds a cool and interesting touch to the design. Furthermore, this suede espadrille comes with a pull-tab sewn onto the heel, which is unique to this style, and it helps make the process of getting in the shoes easy and fuss-free. Armani also added a handy toe cap to their men’s espadrille, which is an extension of the esparto sole and helps guard the toes against any bumping-induced injuries. As far as lining goes, Armani went with soft leather, that feels great against the naked skin and does not create blisters or irritation. For their footbed, they used a smooth leather, and this too has been stitched onto the sole, making for a cohesive design. Being, that suede has some give to it, this espadrille will conform to the wearer’s foot shape over time and deliver all-day comfort, not to mention style.
Breathability

Breathability

Meant to be worn during the warmer months and barefoot, the Emporio Armani Suede Espadrille is quite breathable. Featuring a slip-on design with a soft suede upper, one would think, that these shoes do not do much for the wearer in terms of ventilation and temperature regulation. However, this is not true. While the Emporio Armani Suede Espadrille does not have any perforations or a fabric lining to enhance breathability and control moisture inside the shoe, due to the large opening of the shoe, enough air gets inside the foot chamber simply while moving. Additionally, the soft leather lining provides a cool and comfortable feeling inside the foot chamber, for a comfortable stride.
Comfort

Comfort

The Emporio Armani Suede Espadrille is meant to be worn without any socks, so special attention has been paid when it comes to materials and design, to make it as comfortable as possible. That is why the jute sole rests on a vulcanized rubber outsole, which is lightweight and flexible, providing a natural stride. Furthermore, the heel features EVA foam for added cushioning and shock-absorption, creating bouncy and lightweight steps for the wearer. As for the upper, Emporio Armani chose soft Italian suede of the highest quality and went with a slip-on design for extra comfort. They also added a stitched-on suede pull-tab, to make slipping into the espadrille easy and fuss-free. The inside of the espadrille is lined with soft leather, while the footbed is lined with soft and smooth leather, for a great in-shoe feeling. Be it a casual stroll through the city or a day at the beach, the Emporio Armani Suede Espadrille will keep you comfortable and stylish all day long.
Color

Color

The Emporio Armani Suede Espadrille is available in three very classic colors: black, grey and red, reflecting the classic Armani aesthetic that never goes out of style. These colors being timeless basic colors, means, that they can easily blend into any wardrobe, as well as bring some interest to any plain outfit. They look good with some black trousers and a white button down, but you can be on trend and create some very stylish monochromatic outfits with these Emporio Armani Espadrilles as well. So, if you like classic colors and styles, these shoes will be perfect for you.
Fit

Fit

The Emporio Armani Suede Espadrille is available in men’s sizes 6-13 in standard width and features a slip-on design with a stitched on pull-tab, which makes it very easy to slip into the shoe without unnecessarily damaging the material. The upper is made of quality suede, which over time conforms to the wearer’s foot shape, creating a custom fit for everyone. So, if you happen to have wide feet, sizing up from your regular shoe size can make these standard width espadrilles fit you. However, as they have a slip-on design, it is not possible to adjust the snugness of the upper, so that is something to have in mind when purchasing, and the best thing to do is to try them on in one of Armani’s boutiques.
Flexibility

Flexibility

Since modern espadrilles mostly feature jute soles with vulcanized rubber or crepe outsoles and EVA foam in the heel, they are quite flexible and easy to move in. Vulcanized rubber outsoles are known to be more durable than crepe outsoles, which is what the Emporio Armani espadrille has. Rubber is naturally flexible and combined with the lightweight and flexible EVA foam delivers a very natural and effortless ride to the wearer. The suede slip-on upper does not lack flexibility either, as the suede will conform to the wearer’s foot shape over time, creating a custom fit, that moves and bends together with the feet, for a natural, unrestricted stride every step of the way.
Materials

Materials

Emporio Armani is a high-end fashion brand, and as such, they are very careful when choosing what materials to use for their products. Espadrilles were traditionally peasant shoes made of esparto rope, or esparto grass, which is native to North Africa and Southern Europe. But as time went on and espadrilles gained popularity, they became a fashionable summer shoe, that anybody could wear. This is where jute soles come into play, due to their availability and cost. Jute soles are made by machine-braiding the jute twines, which are then manually formed into shape and hydraulically pressed with heat. Modern espadrilles usually have either vulcanized rubber or crepe outsoles for durability and flexibility, and an EVA foam heel for added cushioning. The upper can be made of many different types of materials, textile or leather, and can be closed and open-toed. The Emporio Armani men’s espadrille features a suede slip-on upper, made of the finest Italian leather and featuring interesting, yet functional details, such as the stitched-on pull-tab on the heel, and the jute toe cap, which is really an extension of the jute sole.
Style

Style

Emporio Armani is a branch of the Armani fashion house and is the second brand, which offers ready-to-wear, trendy pieces, next to Giorgio Armani. The Emporio Armani is also the second brand, that Giorgio Armani designs mostly by himself. The Emporio Armani Suede Espadrille for men features the classic espadrille-style sole with some modern tweaks here and there to add a touch of elegance and style, as well as functionality and durability to the design. Namely, the outsole is made of vulcanized rubber, to make sure they last and provide the wearer with a firm footing, due to the rubber’s natural stickiness. The jute sole, which is the braided part of the sole unit is both durable and adds that classic espadrille look, which so many people love. Modern espadrilles are known to have a wide variety of uppers, from closed to open-toed, made from a bunch of different materials. Emporio Armani made their men’s espadrille from high-quality Italian suede, as the name itself suggests. Italian leather is renowned for their quality and excellent craftsmanship, and the Emporio Armani Suede Espadrille is an excellent representative of that. The upper features a slip-on design made of soft suede, that has been stitched together for added durability and style. It has a suede, stitched-on pull-tab on the heel and a toe cap, which is an extension of the jute sole. Both of these design features add a unique and interesting look to this men’s espadrille. The upper comes in three basic, but classic colors: black, grey and red. This means, that they can easily blend into anyone’s wardrobe, due to their simplicity, and can make any plain outfit look more put together and sophisticated. They are perfect for a day at the beach, a casual stroll, or even a summery business-casual look.
Traction

Traction

Thanks to the vulcanized rubber outsole, the Emporio Armani Suede Espadrille has excellent grip and traction on many surfaces, due to the rubber’s natural stickiness. Although this men’s espadrille from Emporio Armani does not have an intricate tread pattern, it keeps the wearer steady in their every step. However, these espadrilles are not meant for heavy-duty wear, since they are more of a fashion shoe, and it is best to stick to roads, pavement or beach boardwalks, as they would not provide much protection on the sandy shores.
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

Designed by Giorgio Armani himself, the Emporio Armani Suede Espadrille is an excellent addition to the Armani high-end fashion brand. Featuring a high-quality Italian suede upper in a slip-on design, and a jute sole with a vulcanized rubber outsole, this espadrille does not only look great but is quite durable as well. The suede panels on the upper are stitched together, and the jute sole is also stitched together with the upper, featuring loop-like stitching, that matches in color with the jute sole. This helps give the shoe some dimension and a sort of fading effect between the materials, making for a smooth finish. The upper also features a stitched-on pull-tab, making putting the shoes on easy, and a toe cap, which is just an extension of the jute sole. Furthermore, the lining is made of soft leather and the footbed is covered with soft and smooth leather, for a guaranteed comfortable stroll. This espadrille for men comes in three basic colors: black, grey and red, which are easily incorporated into any wardrobe and style, and help give any outfit an air of sophistication. However, they are expensive, being a high-end name brand, which is known worldwide. That said, quality and durability are guaranteed, thanks to the high-quality materials and excellent craftsmanship.