A Flip-Flop Alternative

Tom Schierlitz

The revival of the original beach shoe.

“The soles of the Zabattigli espadrille [$135; barneys.com] are still handwoven from rope—no rubber or synthetics,” says Tom Kalendarian, executive vice president of Barneys New York.

“The Zabattiglis I brought to Barneys are made under the watchful eye of maestro Costanzo Ruggiero, who made shoes for everyone from J.F.K. to Greta Garbo.”

“The zabattigli was originally a poor man’s shoe, created from worn fishing nets, old sail canvas and other scraps. Everything changed in the 1960s, when movie stars and business tycoons went to Capri and brought the zabattigli home.”