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.

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This October eve marks the end of the Spanishoegallery Blog's third anniversary celebration month. It makes for a good occasion to show you my current picks from the Fall-Winter 2016-17 collection of yet another favorite Spanish shoe brand: Audley. In Audley Shoes every stitch, every little piece of hardware bears testimony to high-level Spanish craftsmanship.

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The Great Weave of Pons Quintana

When I think of Pons Quintana I think of their woven shoes and bags. The "Great Weave" is Pons Quintana's specialty and most spectacular design feature. Impeccable execution and brilliant use of color make the shoes (and the bags) a mesmerizing sight. Woven shoes and accessories are also a real pleasure to wear and to touch. The braided texture gives them extra pliability and airiness while maintaining its shape.

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Versatile Farrutx

Farrutx is a brand that has retained its Mallorcan roots. Farrutx has a distinctly unique voice in Spanish shoe design but at the same time it also shares in the legacy of the island's traditional high-quality craftsmanship and leather know-how with other well-known high-end brands like Camper, Lottusse and Barrats 1890.

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Shoe Of The Week: Castañer

Castañer is one of my favorite "Made in Spain" firms. This winter's collection is an homage to Parisian fashion and style. The large weft and warp pattern of this "Marigold" ankle boot reminds me of Chanel suits. This weaving technique creates a wonderful texture.

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AGARE Boots in Action

In the spring of 2015 I found myself looking for a pair of casual winter boots for my mother and I (especially for her, since she has an old spine injury and has difficulty finding boots that don't cause her discomfort in walking). Looking, of course, as I usually do, in the "Made in Spain" orbit, I came across a Zaragoza-area company called AGARE.

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Shoe of the Week: Jose Saenz

Continuing with the boot topic in the run-up to the holidays, here is a tremendous pair of winter boots by Jose Saenz, an Arnedo, La Rioja, company. I've been watching Jose Saenz for a while. The impression I am getting is that this brand has a confident, sporty and technology-oriented personality.

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Shoes Extraordinaire

One of the main reasons I love Spanish shoes is the unbridled fantasy of the designers and their ability to channel their love of life into shoes. Their flight of fancy is wholeheartedly supported by the Spanish public, which loves to be original, extravagant, and daring. A "shoe extraordinaire" can mean a unique color combination, unusual texture, a special embellishment effect, or a "fashion quote" from a time long past.

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Shoe of the Week: LOTTUSSE

Given the weather here in Canada, it is not at all surprising that my thoughts are currently revolving around boots. This calf-skin navy blue boot by Lottusse I've been eyeing for a while, actually. The cut is equestrian, wide at the top and snug on the bottom, but the velvety texture of the suede with its slight purple undertones and the virtually flat, rubber-reinforced sole make it a high-style urban comfort type of boot.

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Shoe of the Week: Sendra Boots

This week it's a pair of boots, actually, that made the cut. They are by Sendra, a well-established and well-loved Made in Spain company that designs and manufactures Western (cowboy) style and rocker type boots. While not many wear this style of boots in Spain these days, the company is hugely popular in other places, like the United States.

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