Chanel Canvas Espadrilles in Paint Splatter
I am literally SO excited to finally own a pair of Chanel espadrilles! Most of you know that I have been on the search for them since April 2014 (or before) but had no luck what so ever. Every time I checked the boutiques in London they had none in my size and each time I called them (which was a lot) there were always none in stock. I was really beginning to lose faith about ever getting hold of a pair of the black and white canvas fabric espadrilles, until a couple of weeks ago!
I check eBay about 15 times a day for the newly listed Chanel espadrilles to make sure I’m not missing out on any in my size popping up. Most of them are ridiculously expensive on there though, going for over £500 when they retail for around £300 so it’s insane how big the demand is for them. Luckily, two or so weeks ago, these beauties popped up and so did a pair of the classic canvas ones in black and white at the same time. I was torn between the two, but my mind was made up for me when the price of the classics I had been wanting had shot over £400 already. I was sat in Prezzo having lunch during the time this auction for the paint splatter pair was ending, so I was frantically keeping an eye on the listing and bidding within the last few seconds.
I felt a sigh of relief when I found out I had won the auction though! Granted I did end up paying about £360 for them, which is a bit over their retail price, but considering how long I have been waiting and the fact I can never find these anywhere, I consider it a win! Don’t worry, I made sure they were authentic as I would never buy fakes! The seller was actually lovely, she was measuring them for me and answering my questions, she even said she would mail me the Chanel shopping bag, ribbons and the receipt too, which was fantastic.
So, I waited for mail day! I didn’t have to wait too long actually, only about 2-3 days, but I was waiting with much anticipation. I had been so worried that they wouldn’t fit me as I had read on TPF that these ones ran particularly small because of the fabric. When I got them, and unwrapped all the prettiness, I put them on and I was really heartbroken. They were so tight that they were making my feet numb, cutting in across the top of my feet and digging at the back. These are a size 40 and I am generally between a 39/40 in shoes, so these definitely do run small, that much was true.
I wore them around the house, trying to put the pain aside to try and stretch them as I didn’t want to give up and sell them. The chances of me finding these again in a 41 are even more slim! So, after much perseverance over the next few days, using socks and a hairdryer to heat the shoes up and then stretch them out, they finally fit a lot better. I will say they are still tight though, but they have loosened up a lot. They are no longer so painful that I can’t move my feet properly and they are just a bit uncomfortable. I know with more wear that they will stretch even more as they are leather lined and my friends did, so I’m holding out hope for them becoming one of my pairs of comfy shoes soon!
What’s actually funny though is that I never really gave the paint splatter Chanel espadrilles a second look before now. I always thought they might look like (for lack of a better term) birds had pooped on the front of the shoes, but in person, they are literally gorgeous. I think the splatter detail actually makes them look more unique and quirky, plus I love the waffle detail on the white canvas as it feels sturdier. Any reservations I had about this design were instantly gone as soon as I saw them and held them. I think I might like them a little more than the classic plain ones now actually!
I really can’t wait to wear them out properly and enjoy them. I know to some of you it may seem strange getting so excited over a pair of shoes, but I think it’s the fact that I have wanted them for that long and finally managed to get them. It’s more like an achievement and it helps that the espadrilles are stunning too! What do you think of my new Chanel espadrilles? I’d love to know if you own a pair actually and how they fit! I know the leather ones tend to run a bit bigger than the canvas as they stretch out loads. I have tried the navy leather in the boutique, but I didn’t get on with those ones as much. I prefer the canvas! Anyway, let me know! You can find similar pairs on eBay too.