CHANEL ESPADRILLES: ARE THEY WORTH IT?

One brand that I have a mega soft-spot for is Chanel. If you’ve ever stalked my Instagram, or had a gander at my fashion posts on the blog, you’ll notice that the majority of my pictures feature my Chanel Classic Flap Bag – my 18th birthday present from my parents, bought at the Chanel store in Paris (THE DREAM), and the best investment piece ever. I’ve not really bought any handbags over the last six years, as I use my Chanel bag errrrrryday: it still looks as beaut and as on-trend as the day I got it, so my loyalty to Chanel is pretty intense.
So obviously, when the Chanel espadrille obsession started a few years ago, I was firmly on that bandwagon. I wear heels a lot of the time, so shelling out for super-spenny flats isn’t a priority – why waste hundreds of pounds on shoes I’ll wear for nipping to Waitrose, hungover, on a Sunday? – but the allure of the Chanel espadrille was real. I wanted them SO MUCH: in particular, the nude leather pair with the black cap toe; so, because I have the willpower of an emotionally-unstable Weightwatcher in a pie shop, I bought them. Yolo.
Six months down the line with my Chanel espadrilles, and the relationship is starting to get a little shaky. Wondering why – and if they’re worth the eye-watering price of £485 for a bit of rope and canvas? Read on…

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First things first: aren’t they beautiful? Honestly, I adore them. They go with everything – jeans, culottes, flippy dresses for the summer; walking out of Chanel with these bad boys, I had visions of ALL THE AMAZING OUTFITS I could create with them. The leather is beautifully soft, the double-C isn’t overly ostentatious, the nude is that perfect not-too-pink shade that makes your legs look longer. Winner, right?

So: the shoes are beautiful. But within a few wears, the cracks began to show. I mean, not literally – the leather is far too soft for that sort of nonsense – but, on the second wear, the insole peeled away from the inside of the shoe. By the third week of owning them, the rope had started to fray at the front of the right foot; after a month, the insole was completely coming away in the left one, and the stitching was coming loose on the base. The double-C appliqué was beginning to fray, and the leather – once pale and nude – was now marked and stained from everyday use. I felt like wearing my Chanel espadrilles was like wearing a ticking time bomb on my feet: how long until they disintegrated all together?

I’ve now spent a fair few hours Googling ‘Chanel espadrille repair’, and it seems to be the case that once they’re ruined, they’re ruined: reading horror stories about girls who got them wet (DRAMA) showed that there’s not much you can do if they’re damaged. Whilst I love these shoes, and – at the time – didn’t resent spending £485 on them, it’s becoming more and more apparent that maybe they’re not the best value for money; if (GOD FORBID) I got them wet, or the insole fully lifted out, or the rope sole properly fell apart, there’s pretty much nothing you can do to sort this out. You’re left with soggy leather and fraying rope – that you paid nearly £500 for. Vom.

I’m noticing more and more that the espadrilles are looking tatty, and the leather is creasing and the rope sole getting loose; I feel like it’s only a matter of time before I either find someone to repair them, or put them high up on my shoe rack, where painful heels and broken flats go to die, never to be worn again.

However: would I say they were a waste of money? Probably not: I still love them, and would wear them with everything (if they weren’t falling to pieces). Admittedly, £485 for something that’s lasted about 3 months – and will probably only last another 6 – is a steep price to pay, but I’m such a label whore that I don’t really mind. Truth be told? I’m already eyeing up the patent pair…

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