Espadrilles are shoes best known for summer lounging rather than hardcore adventure. As such, it’s the kind of footwear you slip on when going to beach, but not quite the one you pick up when you’re going on an 1800-mile expedition. However, those kinds of adventures are exactly why the Oliver Sweeney x Levison Wood Explorer’s Espadrille exists.
Arguably the most durable espadrilles in the world, the shoes were designed to be hard-wearing, thorn-proof, and unsinkable, ensuring it can brush off long hours of walking, no matter the location. Specifically, they made it for adventurer Levison Wood to wear in his recent 1,800-mile walk across Central America, which passed through a total of eight countries, starting from Mexico and ending at Colombia. And, yes, the shoe survived the journey completely intact.
The Oliver Sweeney x Levison Wood Explorer’s Espadrille has an upper cut in fast-drying and durable Cordura fabric, ensuring it can withstand anything the road can send its way, while heavy duty webbing for the elastic gusset allows it to stretch and flex without taking any damage. A non-slip Vibram sole provides enough grip to let you walk comfortably over wet rocks, all while also being heavily puncture-proof, ensuring you can step on thorns, nails, and other sharp objects without having them come anywhere near your feet. Other features include an EVA midsole for all-day walking comfort, an Ortholite sock liner, a pull tab in the back for easily slipping on, and four colorways (forest, black, khaki, and denim).
Available now, the Oliver Sweeney x Levison Wood Explorer’s Espadrille is priced at £99.