Since its inception in 1977, London-based menswear label Drake's has been championing a certain brand of relaxed elegance that fuses timeless style with versatility and ease-of-wear. It's an approach that permeates everything the brand creates, including its latest drop of espadrilles.

Landing just in time for summer, Drake's take on the smart-casual footwear staple is guaranteed to be a warm weather favourite. Two versions are available – durable yet breathable canvas or soft, buttery suede, with the latter being a fresh new addition to the brand's range and a luxurious twist on the classic. Both styles are handmade in Spain and finished with a sturdy rubber sole with traditional jute rope detailing. Choose from a variety of colours – form neutrals like Off White, Mocha and Taupe to bolder, statement-making hues like Royal Blue and Yellow.

In typical Drake's fashion, these espadrilles embody a sense of effortless put-togetherness. They're the perfect finishing touch to your poolside attire, but will work just as well taken up a notch with tailored trousers and a linen blazer. Such versatility makes them the ultimate holiday shoes: they're lightweight enough to pack and will take you easily from beach to bar.

Here's what Drake's had to say about the new launch:

"The espadrille is quintessential summer footwear, perfect whether you're beachside, poolside, or strolling around town. We've been selling espadrilles for years, but this season we decided to give them a bit of an upgrade. Traditional espadrilles are very basic in their construction and can go on either foot. We'd always gone down this path, but this time we decided that creating them in lefts and rights would greatly increase the comfort. We've also beefed up the construction overall, and added a small heel. And for the first time we're introducing a luxurious suede version."

Unparalleled comfort, sophisticated summer style and made-to-last construction – what's not to love?

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For more warm weather-ready footwear, read our ultimate guide to summer shoes.