It is almost the 12th day of Christmas and children across Spain and Latin America have put out their shoes on balconies, window sills, and under Christmas trees, waiting for the presents from Los Reyes Magos (the Magic Kings). The magic kings’ names are Gaspar, Melchior, and Balthazar and they are the three wise men from the Bible who visited baby Jesus bearing gifts that befit the King of Kings. On January 5th they parade through Spanish towns with their retinue of helpers, greeting children and their parents and getting showered with caramels and candy.
The Three Magic Kings Parade in Alcoy, Alicante.
Photo: European Press Photo Agency
Following the example of Spanish children, I compiled a wish list for the Three Kings. I hope they visit my blog and leave the shoes from the list at my house door tomorrow:)
DEAR MAGIC KINGS, would you please bring me these shoes? I promise I will be good all year long!
Black Ankle Boots by Hoss Intropia (www.shoescribe.com)
Closed toe suede pumps by Hoss Intropia (www.shoescribe.com)
Blue suede boots by Castañer (click the image to buy)
Two-tone lace shoes by Hispanitas (available here)
A matching bag (available here)
Perforated suede wedge pump by Paloma Barcelo’ SS2014
What’s on your list?
I’m discovering the Hispanitas collection these days – just found out that they ship outside Europe after all (see comments for this post). Great news for all of us!
Today I want to talk about boots. Everyone is wearing riding boots these days. Streets, buses, and subway cars are full with equestrians of all ages. It’s nice to see, because I like riding boots, but the style does get repetitive after a while and all boots seem the same.
Not so with the Hispanitas riding boot from this season’s collection. It comes in two versions: the 4.5 cm and the 3 cm heel. The first only comes in tan, the second also comes in taupe and black. The 4.5 cm heel version is taller and more slender. In a nod to the equestrian esthetic, the outer side of the boot has a contrasting dark-brown stripe of leather running all the way up to the top. It is decorated with four large light-colored metal buttons, which sit right under the v-shaped cut in the edge. The lower part of the boot is made of shinier, stiffer leather with contrasting dark brown seams, while the leg is soft split suede.
The 3 cm heel version has the same leather composition, but is stouter in appearance. It has no leather insert on the outside leg, but instead the shaft has a slanted overlapping cut, with a fold-over effect in the front. It makes the leg of the boot look like it is being held together by five round metal buttons (four brass-colored, one dark colored with a crest), but the buttons are decorative, just like on the tan version. Both models have zippers on the inner side.
One design, but such variety in texture and detail. It must be such a pleasure to wear!
Both versions of the boot are available to purchase through the Hispanitas online shop or if you are ordering from outside Europe, e-mail your order to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I have not yet featured men’s shoes, but these car loafers by Hispanitas captured my heart. First and foremost, it was the color. Not really a deep blue (more like an azure), but absolutely mesmerizing. Orange-yellow color stitching is exquisite against the azure. The loafers are made from all natural bovine leather and are soft to touch. The sole is vulcanized rubber, with rubber studs to maximize traction. These shoes are made for the car, but they can easily be lounging shoes, shoes for leisure, for hanging out on the grass with a book, enjoying their gentle protection and getting a little shot of color happiness every time you glance down on them.
Basically, what I’m saying is that they should make these for women too.
The charmingly named firm Hispanitas is a family enterprise that traces its shoe industry pedigree to 1925. The company produces a variety of casual to semi-formal pumps, loafers, boots, sandals, and bags for women, as well as lines for men and children. The brand’s poetic and retro-inspired style footwear is made from quality leather, with a particular attention to shape, comfort, and versatility of design. Hispanitas has been on the international market since 1967 and has been forging its particular brand identity since the 1990s. It has an excellent online shop. The manufacturing takes place in Spain, making Hispanitas a true Made in Spain brand.
Hispanitas is based in Petrer, Alicante, part of the township of Elda.
(A still from the Hispanitas fashion film “Un largo camino”)