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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Christmas in the Canary Islands

It is always a pleasure in the countdown to December 25th to steal a glimpse at how Christmas is celebrated  in different nooks and corners of Spain. Hands down the most spectacular thing that happens in the Canary Islands around the festive season (and one of the most spectacular things I've ever seen) is the Sand Nativity scene of Las Canteras (Belén de Arena de Las Canteras). It is both grandiose and fragile, simple and awe-inspiring. If you are in Gran Canaria during this time of year, it's well worth the visit.

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Musketeer Boot by C-Doux

Spanish shoe brands that I follow make the musketeer boot often enough, just like their competitors elsewhere. Every year, as I browse through their winter collections, I single out the models that I like best. This year it's an over-the-knee or "musketeer" boot by C-Doux, a Menorcan label that I really like for its refined and seductive design style. Great quality goes without saying when we are talking about shoes or boots made on the island of Menorca or in mainland Spain.

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Six Cold Season Power Boots

To successfully combat winter's wet and chilly weather, you really need power boots. By power boots I mean boots that can do at least two jobs at the same time: be rugged enough for walking (as opposed to hopping in and out of the car) and nice enough to look at. Boots that I'm about to show you are made of quality materials that will not fall apart from contact with water, snow, salt or ice-clearing agents and are also stylish enough to wear in the city.

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Elsa Schiaparelli’s Shoe Hat

Elsa Schiaparelli, an Italian in Paris, was a fashion designer and founder of the Schiaparelli haute-couture house. She was the author of many avant-garde fashion pieces, like the famous shoe hat, which she created in collaboration with the Spanish-Catalan artist Salvador Dalí. Maison Schiaparelli was recently revived as a classic haute-couture fashion house by the Italian fashion magnate Diego Della Valle. Their latest Fall-Winter collection was shown at the Paris Haute Couture Week in July 2017.

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Crossing the Waist Line in Madrid

Of all the Spring-Summer 2018 collections that were shown by Spanish designers during New York and Madrid Fashion Weeks last month, there were two that particularly appealed to me. The first collection was by Menchén Tomàs, a designer I did not know much about, and the second one by Dolores Cortés, a prolific swimwear designer from Valencia and an old favorite of this blog, thanks to her many collaborations with Spanish shoes and accessories designers. In both collections, the creative energy seems to center on the waist. Of course, a slim waist is the most coveted summer accessory - you really do not need much else to look good in the summer. However, in the Menchén Tomàs and Dolores Cortés collections a lot more happens at the waist than first meets the eye.

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Launching The Espadrille

Have you ever celebrated something by "launching the espadrille"? People in Spain never cease to surprise me with the things they get up to, including this yearly espadrille launching festival, celebrated in the Cervera village of La Rioja. If I've learned anything in my four years of writing the Spanishoegallery Blog (it is hard to believe, but the blog is celebrating its fourth anniversary this year), it's that Spanish shoe makers know a thing or two about people and about happiness.

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