Floral Heels Inspired by the Canary Islands

Floral heels generally look beautiful on well-groomed feet, but the ones I want to talk about in this post are not of a general kind. The artistic inspiration for these particular floral heels has sprung of a very special place on earth, or rather in the ocean: Canary Islands, the most southerly region of Spain.

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Mermaid Heels and Other Cool Fantasies

Mermaid heels – that’s what I call shoes that have a distinctly scaly leather texture. They happen to be signature Paco Herrero, a classic Spanish dressy women’s shoe brand from Elda. Not too long ago I featured a “mermaid” ankle boot by them. As I often say on this blog, I’m a huge admirer of textured leather shoes.

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Paco Gil Women’s Shoes Online

In this post, the brand in focus is Paco Gil. Founded in the 80s, it's one of these classic Spanish luxury shoe brands that like their shoes sexy and tactile, playing up the traditional connection between shoes and desire. In the beginning of this year the company went through quite a dramatic event: a generational shift. The daughters of the founder, Carla and Sara Gil, who for years worked as their father's assistants both on the business and the design side, have officially come forward to take the reins of the family enterprise.

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Perfect Holiday Pump by Hannibal Laguna

End-of-the-year parties call for a perfect holiday pump. I've been checking out a lot of holiday-worthy pumps lately and the suede bow-embellished creations by Hannibal Laguna, a prominent Spanish fashion designer, come closest to what I imagine a perfect holiday pump should be like. From jewel tones and velvety texture to the sensuous shape, pretty heel, and fine detailing, the "Calen" pump ticks off all the boxes.

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Custom Shoes by Custom & Chic

Custom shoes are becoming a necessity in this increasingly personalized world. If you customize your kitchen, your car, your Internet browser, your smartphone settings, and countless other things, then why not customize your shoes? Shoes express your personality a lot more clearly than all of the above. Shoemakers have long understood that. Of course, in the olden times, any shoes of quality were custom made. Nowadays, in the "everything is mass-produced" world, having your shoes "made to order" is far from the rule, but custom shoes still have their place.

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High Heel Mary Janes by Pura López

High heel Mary Janes are a great option for professional women who want to add a touch of playfulness to their corporate wardrobe. These shoes work on opposites: on the one hand the rounded toe and the ankle strap are very proper and school-girl like, but on the other hand tall heels signal definite grown-up territory. A case of double identity, if you will. All in all, quite sexy. A pair of good high heel Mary Janes would do a very nice job softening the stereotypical hard-nosed look that many women strive for in order to be taken seriously in the corporate world.

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Herringbone Style at Paloma Barceló

The highlight of Paloma Barceló Fall-Winter 16-17 collection is the herringbone style pattern in burgundy, a trend color this fall. I am not one to to bet on just one color (unless it's white), but I was seduced by the contrast between sleek calfskin and the dynamic visual beat of the herringbone pattern.

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Fall Perfection by Deux Souliers

Fall perfection can manifest itself in many things: crisp, freshly harvested apples, rustling golden leaves, darkening reflections in the ponds, relief from the stifling summer heat... Feel free to insert your own favorite fall perfection meme. When it comes to fashion and shoes, however, my idea of fall perfection is this laced Semi-heel #3 by Deux Souliers.

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Malababa, My Caramel Leather Crush

Malababa, my caramel leather crush, is an artisan leather design workshop turned boutique luxury women shoes and accessories brand. The Madrid-based founders, Ana Carrasco and Jaime Lara, work with an expert pool of craftsmen and women to create incredibly seductive leather finishes for their pieces. I especially love Malababa's reddish-hued leather shoes and bags.

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Red Shoe Tuesday

A few words about the "Red Shoe Movement", which I discovered through Twitter. Red Shoe Movement is an organization that helps women realize their ambitions in the corporate world. The highlight is on Hispanic women, who are widely present in the North American workforce, but the advice is pretty universal. By working with the employers to make the corporate world a better place for Latina women, the "Red Shoe Movement" is making change happen for all women. It's a win-win situation.

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