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Summer is wasting away. Next week The Boy will trot into school, his too-big-for-a-kindergartener backpack bouncing as he runs. I am happy for him. I remember all my first days and the excitement of making new friends, learning new things and playing new games. Despite summer coming quickly to a close, it’s still sandal season for a couple more months and I am going to squeeze in a review (and giveaway!) of these cute Copacabana Espadrilles Kit. The Crochet Espadrilles Sandals Kit includes a written pattern for both styles, one ball of yarn, two soles, a yarn needle and twine. 

Crochet Espadrille Sandals - A kit is the perfect way to make crochet shoes! This kit is easy to make and comfortable to wear and included 2 styles.

I got two kits so I could try out both of the included styles. I went in thinking the gladiator-style would be my favorite, but I actually ended up preferring the simplicity of the pink ones.  I mostly worked the pattern as written, however I worked two extra rows on the front strap of the pink sandals. 

Crochet Espadrille Sandals - A kit is the perfect way to make crochet shoes! This kit is easy to make and comfortable to wear and included 2 styles.

 

Crochet Espadrille Sandals - A kit is the perfect way to make crochet shoes! This kit is easy to make and comfortable to wear and included 2 styles.

The patterns included in the kits are well-written and easy to understand. The kit comes with one ball of Mixtape Yarn, which is a soft t-shirt yarn made from recycled t-shirts. I absolutely love it. You only use about half the skein provided, so the pattern booklet includes a pattern for a small tote. I think I am going to use my extra yarn to make a small clutch instead. Make sure you make a gauge swatch. It’s very important that your gauge is correct so the finished pieces are nice and snug. I neglected to do this for my first shoe and having the fabric pieces too large is a total deal-breaker: I had to redo it. 

The Crochet Gladiator Espadrilles were only slightly more challenging that the pink ones because it was a new type of project for me. Once I decided to follow the directions (instead of assuming what it meant), they worked up very easily. 

Crochet Espadrille Sandals - A kit is the perfect way to make crochet shoes! This kit is easy to make and comfortable to wear and included 2 styles.

The shoes are made by crocheting the pieces first and then sewing them onto the shoe using a blanket stitch. Oh my! I am not a very neat at hand sewing. I might just unpick my gladiators and redo them. 

Crochet Espadrille Sandals - A kit is the perfect way to make crochet shoes! This kit is easy to make and comfortable to wear and included 2 styles.

My one and only complaint about the kit is that the soles are rather narrow. I am not sure if they would even work if you have a wider foot. My foot is average in width and they did hang over the sides a bit (can you tell from the photos?). However, I can’t say for sure that the sole design isn’t done on porpose so the finished shoes are snug. They are still very comfortable to wear. I wore mine around the house all-day so I could tell so I could give an honest review. I really do like them. 

 

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