Cross body bags by Barcelona-based designer label Beatriz Furest prove that this bag style is as versatile from the fashion point of view as it is practical. Cross body bags tend to be more elegant in design and are often made of more refined materials, because they do not need to be as rugged as messenger bags. The appeal of Beatriz Furest bags lies in the harmonious simplicity of design and the eye-caressing artisan leather finishes.
The mule sandal has made it as a hot street style fashion item for a few seasons now. A mule sandal is where extreme ease and lounging desire meet style. From flat to heeled, from casual to formal, mules are claiming a spot in our summer wardrobes.
Embroidered sandals, as well as sneakers, and clogs are the height of chic this summer. Call it longing for the flower power aesthetic of the seventies, or renewed interest in traditional artisan embellishments, of which embroidery is the most spectacular, or fashion industry's response to the consumer's desire to stand out and own a (relatively) unique piece of wearable art, but.... Bottom line is that embroidered shoes are back big time and probably for more than one season.
A simple leather sandal is the keystone of summer basics, especially in and around the Mediterranean. To somebody from the Mediterranean, a big part of summer enjoyment comes from being able to move around freely, with comfort and ease. Stylistically, this translates into minimalist design and an almost fanatical preoccupation with quality, beauty, and practicality of the materials.
I used to think of the moccasin (or the loafer, as many people call it) as something unexciting, conservative rather (funny, isn't it, given the moccasin's humble origin as a simple hand-sewn shoe), but I have since changed my mind. On certain occasions and with certain outfits, a nice moccasin can be both stylish and practical. And, if it is cute, as the Spanish mocs that I'm about to show you are, so much the better. I dubbed this list the "Moccasin File".
It was Castañer's big birthday the other day - the iconic Spanish espadrille firm is 90 years old. I have professed my love for this brand countless times on this blog. One of the most popular Castañer models these days is the "Carina" espadrille wedge. The brand is currently running a draw - every day until April 16, 2017, you can win a pair of "Carinas" by going to Castañer's FB page or through their website. If you don't win, there is a very attractive version of the "Carina" espadrille currently being sold on FarFetch.
This "bronzed" boot by Homers is so beautiful that it has me "shaking in my boots", as they say. Readers of this blog already know how much I love interesting textures in shoes, but there is much more to this boot than just texture. The bronze colored leather with pink and silver undertones and the cool stripe-patterned heel all help create this smashing exterior. This boot looks like it was bathed in the beautiful Mediterranean sunlight.
Spanish sneakers are great, because of their originality, hand-made quality, comfort, and the overall cool factor. Some are sold worldwide, some are only available within the European Union or, in some cases, only within Spain. But if you had a craving for a swell pair of Spanish sneakers right now, where would you go to get it?
Well, I would recommend browsing YOOX and FarFetch - they carry many Spanish brands (YOOX more than FarFetch) and they are great online shopping destinations, with fast, hassle-free shipping, quality service, and free returns.
The newly arrived spring is a great excuse to do a white sneakers "edit". We are all so addicted to this cool, sporty casual shoe that many here in Canada and the US tried to cheat and started wearing white sneakers in February, during a spell of unusually warm weather. I can understand - generally, sneakers are light, trendy footwear, but white sneakers are even more special: they are a wardrobe staple that combines with lots of things and adds freshness to any outfit.