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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Celebrating Christmas the Spanish Way

Celebrating Christmas in Spain has its special touches. From the busy Christmas markets of Spain's major towns to the solitude of a remote medieval village, you can soak up plenty of genuine Christmas spirit with a quirky Spanish flavour.

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The Spanish Rose

Have you heard the expression the "Spanish Rose"? It usually refers to a typical Spanish beauty. Of course, typical Spanish beauties only wear Spanish shoes. Whether you are in a relationship, dating, or single, it is a truth universally acknowledged that shoes are the best gift for a woman on Valentine's.

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Three Magic Kings

It's time to get your list ready for the Three Magic Kings! So, traditionally, on this blog I put my own list together, if only to really determine what it is that I really, really want (pardon the pun). Of course, I only blog about things that I consider worthy of notice, but I post for many people, with different tastes, not only my own. The following list represents my own personal taste (all Made in Spain, of course).

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Dance The Night Away

New Year's Eve, or Sylvester Night as many know it in Europe, is tomorrow. On this occasion I wanted to leave all the readers and visitors of the Spanishoegallery Blog with something light, frilly, and fun, like this avarca sandal made by Alpargatitas.

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Merry Christmas the Leonese Way

The night of peace, suddenly so much more meaningful and truly desired right now in the world, is upon us again. The Ramo Leonés is an ancient Christmas tradition of the area that is now the province of León in northwestern Spain.

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Spooky Forest

Happy Halloween to all Spanishoegallery Blog readers with this picture of a mysterious forest, courtesy of www.mundo-geo.es and our blog's art director and illustrator, Sasha Naumov, who added just a touch of spookiness to the picture of this real-life enchanted forest.

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The Spanishoegallery Blog is TWO YEARS OLD! This has been a great year - here are some highlights. We've introduced a great Barcelona-based brand Deux Souliers, time-tested Mallorca-based Lottusse and Barrats 1890, Elda-based Paco Herrero and Paco Gil, Homers (and Argila), the perfect blend of luxury and comfort from Menorca, AGARE, a quality casual footwear maker from the Zaragoza area, and Wappi, a brand that wants to shake up the ballerina flat market by allowing you to create your own while attracting attention to women-friendly causes.

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Barcelona’s Gràcia Major Block Party

As if Barcelona wasn't exciting enough, every year since 1817 the neighborhood of Gràcia throws a giant "block party" - Festa Major de Gràcia. This year it's on from August 15 to 21.

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The Height of the Summer Paella

Every year, as the summer reaches its peak (and what a peak we are enjoying this summer on the North American Eastern Seaboard!), I feel the urge to do a post about something that shouts "summer" to all senses.

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