Over-the-Knee Boots: Conservative or Bohemian?

Wearing over-the-knee boots, also referred to as musketeer boots, requires confidence and swagger.The two schools of thought on these boots is whether to go for the strictly equestrian, conservative type, or the loose fitting, "slouchy" style, favored by the bohemian set. Generally, these boots go well with all kinds of skirts and dresses, as well as tights, in the traditional equestrian style, but not with jeans, in my opinion.

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Sequin Shoes To Light Up the Holidays

Sequin shoes are like costume-jewelry for feet - pageant-like and sparkly. They can give you an instant shot of holiday spirit. These small, shiny disks sewn onto a pair of heels or flats are the closest you will ever get to feeling like a cast member of the Nutcracker and a surefire way to make your legs stand out at a party.

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Spooky Alhambra

Alhambra, the old Moorish fortress atop a mountain in Granada, is spooky, especially at night. Many tales have been spun about the specters that haunt this last stronghold of Al-Andalus, a territory once occupied by an almost mythical Muslim civilization. Washington Irving, an American author and traveler, visited the ruins of the Alhambra in the early 19th century and gathered stories that the local residents told him about the mysterious sightings that tend to occur in and around this former place of power and glory.

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Red and Black Ankle Boots

Red and black is a powerful combination much loved by artists and fashion designers. The clash between the hot red energy and cool black energy is provocative and exciting. This is also true for shoes, of course. The red and black combo is timeless, but it seems to be a particularly hot trend this fall. The Art Company, a Spanish brand known for its metropolitan style footwear that comes in a dazzling array of colors, has a particularly attractive line up of red and black ankle boots to offer this season.

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Women’s Bluchers That Steal Your Heart

Women's bluchers are semi-casual lace-up shoes that go particularly well with pants, pant suits, skirts, and tunics. They are perfect for the dry days of fall and spring. Women's bluchers are so versatile these days that no matter how "girly" or feminine your style is, you will find a pair that fits your wardrobe, not to mention steals your heart. Practical and attractive as it can be, the blucher greatly expands women's fashion choices.

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Rustic Charm Sandals from Spain

Rustic charm sandals are symbols of what we in the Northern hemisphere call a perfect summer. It is the time to unwind, to get back to basics, to be one with the nature without having to put many protective layers between yourself and the elements. Of all Europeans, Spanish have perfected the art of dressing in harmony with your surroundings. Spanish sense of fashion and style is a reflection of the country’s long tradition of finding beauty in humble things. Materials like jute, raffia, esparto grass (which actually gave the espadrilles their name), hand-woven textiles are worked into shoes and accessories for durability, comfort, and a rustic charm that is often very refreshing, especially for urban dwellers yearning to get out of the urban jungle.

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Wide Strap Sandals For Your Summer Wanderings

The most popular Mediterranean summer shoes are simple wide strap sandals - sandals made of two parallel or crossing straps of leather. Wide strap sandals come flat or with a small heel or wedge. Simplicity is key. The wide strap sandal, so popular in Spain, is a versatile summer staple that goes with practically anything and can be worn anywhere where open toe shoes are appropriate.

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Vintage Hats in “Cable Girls”

Helena Sanchis, the chief costume designer for the Netflix 1920s period drama "Cable Girls", is known for her terrific fashion flair and great sense of historical detail. She outfitted her "cable girls" with a number of beautiful vintage hats and accessories. Elegant hats and unique fascinators are timeless - if you like 1920s fashion, take a look at some contemporary pieces by the Barcelona-based artisan milliner Gema Galdón.

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Vintage Heels in “Cable Girls”

Not since the “Great Gatsby” have vintage heels and other accessories been given as much screen time as in the new Netflix series “Cable Girls” - a 1920-30s period drama set in Madrid, Spain. When we say "vintage heels", we usually refer to a closed toe heeled shoe with straps forming a T or a Y and a side buckle fastening. This kind of shoe is called a T-strap pump. The T-strap pump has never really gone out of style. Instead, it keeps getting reinvented for each decade.

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Brilliant Stilettos To Ring In the New Year

We all aspire to feel glamorous and shine like diamonds, at least from time to time, and on New Year's especially. The most dazzling stilettos I've seen In the countdown to this year’s festivities are the “Kameron” by the Spanish luxury high-heel brand Pura López. The brand specializes in making the most perfectly shaped beautiful leather stilettos and other types of heeled shoes. Pura López shoes are quite literally fit for a queen.

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