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Designer High Heels by Sara Navarro

Designer high heels differ from regular high heels in much more than price. The ones that are truly exceptional closely mirror the creative identity of their creator. This is definitely the case with the luxury designer shoes and accessories brand of Sara Navarro. The designer’s independent spirit, romantic sensibility, and deeply-rooted expert knowledge are only matched by her passion for life.

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Sara Navarro attending the Telva Magazine Fashion Awards in 2008. Source: www.zimbio.com

Her collection of designer high heels and bags is called “Haute Chaussure pour Sybarites“. This is French for “High Shoe Couture for Sybarites“. Sybarites, if you are wondering, are people who are very fond of sensuous luxury.

Sara Navarro seduces with her signature cherry color, impeccably fine leather, and a lot of love for her craft. The designs are inspired by iconic film beauties like Ava Gardner, Brigitte Bardot, Audrey Hepburn, and modern style mavens like Cate Blanchett and Emma Stone.

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Ava” patent leather platform stiletto pump from the “Emblematics” line by Sara Navarro. Heel height: 4.7″, 1.2” external platform.

The “Ava” pump is named after Ava Gardner, one of Spain‘s favorite Hollywood celebrities of all time. (Here is the story why.)

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Gold-colored leather insole with scalloped trim: another hallmark of the Sara Navarro brand. The external platform is covered in finely textured suede.

It’s not all for show, however. Sara Navarro uses her shoe making mastery and artistic taste to create a special connection between the shoes and the women who wear them. Her swanky heels are made from first-rate materials that are a dream to touch. They also have another sensuous quality: scent.

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Sara Navarro with one of her scented pumps. The scent is injected into the sole with the help of special technology.

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Bardot” peep-toe suede pump from the Sara NavarroEmblematics” collection.

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Bardot” suede pump with a cherry-scented sole by Sara Navarro. It features a sturdy 4.7″ heel and an 1.2” external platform.

Soft, pleasant, and lasting, the cherry scent is reserved for the “Emblematics” and “Evening” collections.

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Blanchet” jeweled reptile-print sandal from the “Evening” collection by Sara Navarro. Heel height 4.7″, 1.2″ external platform.

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Emma” reptile-print sandal in rosé Champagne with gold and Swarovsky crystal cascade detailing. Heel height 4.3”, 0.8″ external platform. Designer: Sara Navarro.

These stiletto sandals look like something out of the “One Thousand and One Nights“. The “Emma” is especially seductive. When at rest, the sandal’s gold tone crystal-studded streamers cascade straight down like an exquisite veil. Imagine the brilliant sparkles dancing  around the ankle when the sandal is motion!

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Emma” sandal by Sara Navarro in close-up. The striking crystal adornment is designed to invoke the image of champagne bubbles.

To wear a pair of  Sara Navarro designer high heels would be a magical experience. They would certainly make you feel like a queen. By the way, His Majesty the King‘s approval is guaranteed:)

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Sara Navarro and King Felipe VI of Spain.

And to top it all off, one last creation that takes the prize:

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The wide, Swarovsky crystal encrusted ankle strap looks like an imperial crown. Not surprisingly, “Catherine” is the most expensive item of the evening line.

This glorious sandal by Sara Navarro is named “Catherine“. Very appropriately so, as it makes me think of Catherine the Great of Russia, an empress famous for her extraordinary collection of art, gems and other luxury items. I believe that I have the perfect dress for the “Catherine” sandals (some slight alterations may be required:)

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Catherine the Great’s coronation dress. Image source: fashiony.ru.

You can purchase Sara Navarro designer high heels and accessories at the brand’s web shop. The designer atelier is located at 83 c/ Goya, unit 6º (on the left) in Madrid‘s posh Salamanca district (see Salamanca shopping guide here). The price tag is high, on par with other luxury designers. Noblesse oblige.

 

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Deux Souliers Shoes: Toothy Soles

Deux Souliers Shoes Spring-Summer 2016 collection stands out because of its serrated or “toothy” soles. These soles, designed in-house, are made from Microporous EVA, a very good anti-slip material.  The forward-thinking Barcelona-based brand prides itself on using the best and the latest in footwear technology in its collections. It fits in well with the Deux Souliers‘ “beauty in function” philosophy. What is usually perceived as a purely functional feature often becomes the focal point of the whole shoe.

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Picnic Teeth” sling back textured leather flat by Deux Souliers SS16.

This sporty sandal is called “Picnic Teeth“. The sharp-looking industrial style sole is separated from the leather upper by a contrasting strip of snow-white rubber.

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The “teeth” are also visible from the top, accentuated by the softly rounded shape of the toe.

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Flat gel-padded sandal with serrated rubber sole. Deux Souliers SS16.

 

The gently “rolling” teeth of the outer sole really pep up this otherwise ascetic-looking sandal.

 

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Deux Souliers X-Light Heel leather platform sandal with bottle green leather upper. Heel height: 2.8”, 1.2” platform.

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The thick platform and heel are made from ultra-light rubber. The wide-set “teeth” make the sandal visually lighter as well.

 

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A simple black wedge sandal by Deux Souliers SS16. 2.8” cm high ultra-light wooden sole, with 1.8”’ platform.

To each shoe, its own set of “teeth”. Less is more: the contrasting white staples and the serrated wedge are all the embellishments this sandal needs.

 

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Nude sandal with a lightly-serrated flat rubber sole. By Deux Souliers SS16.

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If I had to choose, I would definitely go for the wedge sandals. I also find the “Picnic Teeth” sandal really cool.

Designs featured in this post will be sold at Deux Soulierspop-up shop at La Roca Village, a collection of designer outlet stores outside Barcelona. The pop-up shop is part of the “Barcelona Designers Collective” shopping event showcasing emerging designers. Deux Souliers shoes will be on display next to Timberland from June 22nd to August 22nd.

In short, I am really itching to get my feet into a pair of Deux Souliers. I have a feeling that wearing them would be more than a foray into a different style. Deux Souliers shoes would be a foray into a whole new outlook on fashion. I can’t wait!

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Women’s Leather Shoes by Jose Saenz

Women’s leather shoes by Jose Saenz Shoes from Arnedo in La Rioja, Spain, have a very distinct style and attitude. Working in a shoe making town, side by side with well-respected shoe brands like Gaimo Espadrilles, Callaghan, and others, you have to stand out. Otherwise, why do it?

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Gloria” zipper-embellished leather sandal from the Jose Saenz Shoes SS16 collection. 2.8″ medium-high heel with 1” external platform. Textile lining.

The family-run Jose Saenz Shoes was founded only ten years ago by Jose Saenz, an experienced and ambitious footwear industry professional. His design style is very clean and unadorned, the colors pure.

The “Gloria” sandal above features sleek, glossy red leather, metallic zipper, and a natural rubber sole. The silvery grey stripes on the heel look like layers of solidified metallic dust. A very cool embellishment, without the slightest hint of “cutesiness”.

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The Jose Saenz factory in Arnedo, La Rioja.

Jose Saenz Shoes style is about confidence, independent fashion sense, and physical well-being. In order to make movement as comfortable as possible, the designers choose materials that are both strong and light. Some materials have been around for a long time, some are of recent development. The brand owns several technological patents. Only genuine high-quality leather is used.

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The nautical-looking “Adela” leather sneaker by Jose Saenz SS16. Features flexible rubber sole and ghillie lacing.

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Jose Saenz warehouse in Arnedo, La Rioja.

Jose Saenz has a balanced portfolio of both summer and winter collections.

This past winter I decided that I needed to look for new winter boots that would a) be warm b) not be bulky c) be water proof d) look nice. That’s how I came across the “Paula” boot on the Jose Saenz Shoes website (see post here).

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Paula” textile lined water proof wedge winter boot by Jose Saenz Shoes.

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Posing in my new “Paula” boots and the stunning red brand box that they arrived in. On the box the brand mascots: Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf.

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The boots and the camera shy French bulldog. I love the mid-calf height of the boot. It is very flattering.

I now have a good-looking leather winter boot that is also water proof! How awesome is that? The brand owns the patent for the water proof technology:

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The lining of the boot is made from really soft and fluffy textile fibers. I love the feel of it.

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Paula” leather boot by Jose Saenz Shoes, textile lining.

I look forward to a stylish winter, and to walking without feeling that I have pounds and pounds of weight attached to my feet.

Back to the current, Spring-Summer 2016, collection:

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Gloria” sandal in black crossed straps version. Jose Saenz Shoes SS16.

The surface of the sandal is as smooth as a mirror. It is not typical patent leather though – its glossiness has a transparent quality to it, like the glaze in the oil paintings by the famous Dutch masters.

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Clara” textured leather wedge sandal with double straps and decorative double buckle. From Jose Saenz Shoes SS16 collection.

The “Clara” sandal comes in many variations. I chose this pinkish beige one. It has beautiful golden colored metallic detailing, like the one-piece double side buckle. The most interesting part is the front leather piece, because of its unusual, eye-catching texture. I’ve noticed that leather surface textures are somewhat of a Jose Saenz specialty. I love the fact that some textures are pure “fantasy” – they don’t exactly reproduce the look of animal or reptile skin.

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Pilar” sling-back peep-toe mule wedge with a side buckle by Jose Saenz Shoes.

The upper of the “Pilar” wedge mule is made of eye-pleasing bronze-colored metallic full-grained leather. The wedge looks like a rope espadrille type dyed white. In reality, the wedge is made out of light-weight rubber, with strips of synthetic rope glued on for a slightly rustic effect. Jose Saenz does not use actual jute rope wedges for their women’s leather shoes. The designers consider them too heavy.

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Yamila” spotty leather wedge from the Jose Saenz Shoes SS16 collection.

The spotty pattern of the leather on this wedge is absolutely lovely and also very original. Women’s leather shoes with polka dot patterns are a dime a dozen, but this one is different. The leather itself has a beautifully textured surface as well. There are several other models that have this pattern (a mule, sandals, and a ballerina flat). No wonder! It is a real hit. Like in the previous model, the wedge is high-quality rubber with stylized synthetic rope-like strips on the outside.

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Yamila” reptile print leather wedge pump by Jose Saenz Shoes SS16.

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Yamila” platform wedge pump in “old silver“. Wedge height 1.4”, exterior platform 0.6″.

I love the colors on these pumps. And the leather, of course.

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Pilar” wedge sandal in a fusion of colors. By Jose Saenz Shoes SS16.

This picturesque sandal with the visible brush strokes on the leather reminds me of a modern art painting. Very cool to look at.

There are many more models like this available from the Jose Saenz online shop. I’m only showing you a few of my favorites. The really good news is that Jose Saenz recently started to ship their women’s leather shoes to North America, for a flat fee of 40 Euros. It takes only a couple of days. The price point of women’s leather shoes by Jose Saenz is moderate, with summer models costing around 100 Euros and winter models up to 150 Euros. The website has regular sales and promotions, so keep an eye out for those.

Through my conversations with Fran Saenz, one of the owners, I’ve come to understand the brand mentality better. One of the questions I had for Fran was: “Why the Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf?”. The answer surprised me. Turns out the wolf represents the brand and the Little Red Riding Hood the competitors.

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Little Red Riding Hood, fashionista and shopaholic. Design: Jose Saenz Shoes.

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The elegant, but hungry wolf. Image: Jose Saenz Shoes.

Fran explained the meaning behind this: like the wolf, Jose Saenz Shoes is hungry, hungry for success. This makes total sense. You’ve got to be, if you believe in yourself and your product. This is entrepreneurial spirit at its best!

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The competition is smug:)

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but the wolf is ready for the challenge.

Despite it being relatively young, the brand has already achieved a lot. Women’s leather shoes by Jose Saenz are popular within Spain, with many bloggers writing about them, and the company is exporting the shoes to several European countries. It is only the matter of time until more women in North America get their hands on Jose Saenz Shoes.

 

 

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Women’s Wedge Sandals by Homers SS16

Women’s wedge sandals are one of the best type of sandals for the summer in the city and beyond. There are a few reasons for that. Wedge sandals are:

  1. High off the ground, protecting your feet from the dust of the streets.
  2. Highly breathable.
  3. Make you look taller and your legs look longer.
  4. Easier to walk in than high heels.

Here are two women’s wedge sandals by Homers, a Menorca based manufacturer of high-end shoes and bags.

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Thais” wedge sandals in “Bufalino Blanco” and “Veneta Citrus” colors from Homers SS16 collection.

 

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Thais” wedge platform by Homers, Menorca, 3.3” high, with a 1.2” platform.

As a brand, Homers is very economical in its design. The “Thais” sandal upper is made up of two sets of overlapping straps sewn together in the middle. The design is simple, but intriguing. Visually, it is open to interpretation. I see two butterflies spreading their wings, for example. A different person may see something else.

One thing is for sure: it is a beautiful sandal. The color is that of Seville’s famous oranges, deep and vivid. Frankly, it mesmerizes me. The leather is top notch,  typical for Menorca shoe manufacturers. They simply do not go for less than the best. Add to it the padded insole, the organically shaped wedge, and the lightly serrated non-slip rubber sole and you get a luxury wedge sandal.

Thais” would look striking with a white or navy blue dress. The wide straps provide a lot of coverage, which makes the sandal suitable for many different occasions and settings. At a price point of 269 Euros, it is expensive, but not too expensive, considering the quality.

 

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Paris” cork wedge platform sandal from the Homers SS16 collection.

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Paris” sandal by Homers, with a 2.4” high wedge and a 1.6” platform.

This black wedge sandal features excellent smooth grain leather upper and an adjustable flap with a deep overlap. The upper would look pretty austere, if it didn’t have a decorative metallic insert right between the heel and the cork wedge.

The cork’s natural surface pattern of black specks against a honey-colored background picks up the black of the upper, but also lightens up the whole design. The wedge curves towards the front like the bow of an old schooner. All in all, a very Mediterranean sandal.

Here is the “Paris” sandal in the “Veneta Citrus” color. The upper is one whole piece of leather, no flap. Everything else is the same as in the black version.

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Paris” sandal in the no-flap version.

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“Paris” wedge sandal by Homers.

To finish, a stunning metallic wedge sandal in full-grain leather, as seen on the Homers Instagram feed:

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Tango” metallic sandal by Homers SS16.

The Homers (and Argila, another Homers brand) online shop delivers within the European Union and to some other countries. North America is not included, unfortunately. I strongly hope that this will change. I don’t own any women’s wedge sandals by Homers yet. The brand is definitely in the luxury market category, but the high standards of production mean that the value is also high. I can’t wait to try on one of their shoes, whether in Spain or in a boutique in North America. Will keep you posted!

Anne

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