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Paco Herrero

The similarities between Paco Herrero and Paco Gil brands do not end with the name.  As I’ve said in the previous post, the companies share their general approach to women’s shoes, which is unapologetic about exploring the femininity of heels, heels, and more heels. Both firms are a family business and both are based in Spain’s main shoe industry hub: Elda. The price range  (middling, not cheap, but not expensive for designer shoes) is similar too. That said, there are subtle differences. For starters, Paco Herrero as a brand has been around longer. While the spirit of the design is similar, there is a significant difference in details.

If the Paco Gil moc-style pump was bold and chunky, this blend of the moccasin with the high heel aesthetic by Paco Herrero is a more refined specimen. It has very elegant curves, due to the pointy toe and the 3.3” “spool heel” – a heel that is wide at the top and bottom and narrower in the middle, so resembling a cotton reel. (Thank you, Wikipedia!) The signature fringed flap on the front is also in good proportion to the rest of the shoe. A perfect balance, in short. The pump is all suede in a delicious, very natural looking reddish brown. It is currently on sale through YOOX.COM and many sizes are available. For details, click on the image.

Animal print is very hot these days and there are scarcely any shoe companies that do not have their own version of “the call of the wild”. I would not be surprised if they made construction boots with animal or camouflage patterns. But, as always, the devil is in the details.

This pointy-toe leopard print pump is made from varnished leather, so it has a wonderful gloss to it. The nude leather interior looks really nice too. The heel is stiletto in its shape (very fine), but not in its height: at 2.4” it’s relatively low. The toe line is narrow, but not too narrow. Once again, it seems like proportionality is Paco Herrero‘s strong suit.


The same pump, only in peep-toe format, featuring a hidden platform (o.8”) and a taller stiletto heel (3.1”). Both pumps are available through YOOX.COM in a number of sizes at a very attractive price. Plus, there are holiday promotions going on at YOOX right now!

This round-toe platform pump (yay for those toes!) in steel grey has an eye-catching laminated leather texture. The stiletto heel is 3.7”, the visible platform offsetting it by approximately an inch. Available through YOOX.COM in a number of sizes.



This burgundy ankle boot is very pretty with its contrasting black toe cap and a slender heel. From the Paco Herrero website.


A kitten heel metallic pump, also from the Paco Herrero website. The website has an online shop and if I’m not mistaken, it delivers internationally.



This photo is from the Paco Herrero blog, showing how well a pair of snazzy patent leather animal print booties by Paco Herrero go with a biker jacket. I’m inclined to agree. The skirt and the clutch help too. What do you think?

I hope you enjoyed Paco Herrero!



Paco Gil

Wow! It’s been a long break, almost a month. Not voluntary, of course. The workload of a graduate student is substantial. Even though I never stopped thinking of shoes or looking at them, I could not take any time to write anything that did not have to do with medieval history.

Picking up where we left off, some time back I promised to dedicate a post to two brands that had been previously featured on this blog, but never officially introduced.

They are Paco Gil and Paco Herrero, both well-established names in the Spanish shoes industry.

It is not only that the names go together (both Paco, an affectionate form of Francisco), but the companies also have a similar approach to shoe making and share a common base. Both design exclusively for women, both love designing curvacious high-heeled shoes, and both are based in Elda, Alicante.

Paco Herrero was started in 1955 by Francisco Herrero Soriano, a native of the region. Nowadays the firm is run by his grandchildren. Paco Gil is named after its founder, who started the business in 1982, after two decades of working for other shoe manufacturers in town.

If I were to describe the woman that I think these designers design for, I would certainly use the word “foxy”.

Let’s begin with Paco Gil.
iconThese swell high-sided stiletto pumps have quite a profile. The patent leather bow adds more drama. Not for the faint of heart! They are currently being sold by YOOX.COM, click on the image to see what sizes are available.
iconI absolutely love what Paco Gil is doing here. The combination of black patent leather and red suede is striking. Usually, I don’t find moccasin style shoes attractive (to me they look kind of nerdy), but these are a perfect example of how a boring shoe like a moccasin can be transformed into a fashion statement. I can easily picture a hot female executive in perfect black pants wearing these. At almost 4 inches, the heel is quite hefty, but it’s also stable, with the base slightly wider than the top.

Next in foxiness are these Paco Gil snake print pumps in laminated leather, with a slender heel just under 3 inches in height.  A cross between a pump and a shoe bootie, these shoes would look especially elegant with dress pants. The golden effect warms the eye. To purchase, click on the image.




This patent leather pump with an over-sized bow and a small kitten heel is from Paco Gil website. According to the description, it has foam padding for extra comfort and “glove-type” construction. I’m yet to find out what this “glove-type” construction really is, but it definitely sounds good.




This  platinum and champagne colored high heel sandal is a lovely combination of mirror-effect (specchio) and textured leather. The buckle closure on the ankle strap is very elegant. These are your perfect “Dancing with the Stars” shoes!
iconPaco Gil obviously believes that a woman’s down time should not be less elegant than her glamour time. These gorgeous suede sandals in turquoise are anything but casual.




This coral and pink suede moccasin with its dainty heel is really changing my attitude toward mocs. (From the Paco Gil website).



The guipure embroidery of this stunning lace peep-toe bootie is mounted on a transparent mesh base. The heel is curved.

This delicious piece of shoe was created by Paco Gil for one of Spain’s most celebrated fashion designers: Francis Montesinos. See a post about him and other designers from Valencia here.

The good news is that Paco Gil online shop ships internationally.

Hope you enjoyed the first of the Pacos! Next, Paco Herrero.


Textured Leather Ankle Boots

Textured leather is very eye-catching. If done well, it adds flair to any outfit, transforming it from mundane to fashionable. Spanish shoe makers, with their amazing leather making tradition, excel at leather effects, textured leather included. Given the season, ankle boots are on everyone’s mind. They are a very versatile urban style, good for the cool fall weather. Ankle boots come in a variety of colors, but black boots are a staple in any woman’s wardrobe. Here is a selection of black textured leather ankle boots from some of the best Spanish brands:

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Woven leather medium heel ankle boot in anthracite by Pons Quintana. Currently at 340 Euros on Pons Quintana website.

Pons Quintana is known for its awesome leather-weaving technique. It creates beautiful, light-capturing texture. It makes any shoe look so interesting, so attractive, that no other embellishments are required. This anthracite color ankle boot, partially in woven, partially in smooth metallic leather is very, very cool. It would work great with any item of the casual wardrobe and add that special touch to more formal attire.


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Low-heel crocodile effect embossed “Sara” leather boot by Paco Gil FW16-17, with frontal zipper detailing.

Paco Gil Fall-Winter 2016-17 collection is titled “Ophelia“. Inspired by 80s fashions, the collection features a lot of black patent leather, both smooth and textured. The pointy toe cap makes the “Sara” bootie look sleek, while the low heel and front zipper bring it right back down to earth. Finally, the mustard-yellow suede fringed zipper pull clashes with all of the above. That “tongue-in-cheek” detail is not a fluke: I look at it as a very 80s style dissonance.


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High-heel textured leather ankle boot by Paco Herrero. Currently at 125 Euros on Paco Herrero website.

Paco Herrero, the brand, brings to mind high heels and very feminine details. The moderately high, slender 7.5 cm (3”) heel and the delicate scaly textured leather of this ankle boot are all part of this dressy image. I call it the “mermaid” bootie.

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Patsy” textured leather ankle boot by Homers Fall-Winter16-17.

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PatsyChelsea-style ankle boot with 5cm (2″) heel, 2.5cm (1″) platform, and back zipper. Currently at 297Euros on Homers website (delivery only within Europe).

The “Patsy” ankle boot by the Menorca based Homers is a practical choice thanks to the rounded toe, low heel, and high-quality anti-slip serrated sole. The whole look is a nod to the military style, so popular this season.  On the other hand, the elasticized side insert, Chelsea boot style, channels an urban casual vibe. The fashion highlight is definitely the leather: the meticulously crafted engraved texture plays wonderfully with the light. It is a  really mesmerizing fantasy element.


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Odei” wax leather ankle boot by Audley Shoes Fall-Winter 16-17. Currently at 208 Euros at Audley website.

Wax textured leather is one of favorite materials at Audley Shoes. I love my wax leather “Kimberley” monk-strap shoes by Audley (see post here). Wax leather texture makes shoes look amazing. The material is great for fall and spring weather not least because it stands up well to wetness.

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Silvia” black metallic leather heeled ankle boot by Homers Fall-Winter 16-17. Currently at 279 Euros on Homers website.

Another stunner from Homers: the “Silvia” ankle boot. The black metallic effect leather ankle boot has a very special, oily sheen, which is really cool to look at and even cooler to wear.

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Low-heel ankle boot by AGARE in black metallic textured leather. 77,50 Euros on the AGARE website.

That AGARE is quality I can attest to myself, as both my mother and I each own a pair of AGARE winter boots (see post here). It is a very reliable brand that places great emphasis on comfort, practicality, and affordability. Fashion trends are considered, but not followed slavishly.

The low heel and side zipper make the above featured rocker style bootie a comfy and practical choice. Overall, the ankle boot has a really nice, well-finished profile. Details like the smooth leather zipper pull with button detailing add a bit of spice. All of this, however, wouldn’t look half as good if it wasn’t for the textured leather: very fine and slightly weathered looking. The metallic effect produces a pleasant, slightly oily sheen.

So here you have it: a selection of great textured leather Made in Spain ankle boots. I hope that this will inspire you to add a pair of Spanish boots to your closet.

A note: I get NO COMPENSATION whatsoever for promoting the products of the brands featured above. I do it out of my own volition, because I firmly believe that North American and other consumers deserve to know about and have access to the best footwear available. That said, I also work with affiliate links, such as you can find on my side bar and in some posts. Those are carefully curated by me personally and are also disclosed as such.

Enjoy the fall in style!