The Ultimate Shoedown or Fairy Tales Do Come True

An "Ultimate Shoedown" is every girl's fantasy. Imagine being surrounded by a group of luxury shoe designers each clutching a pair of their prettiest heels, eager for you to accept them. The stuff of dreams, right? Well, just such a party is a yearly occurrence in the Spanish shoemaking center of Elda. Every year since 1999 the Elda Shoe Museum (and store) convenes a panel of shoe industry, media and arts personalities. Their task - to choose "The Woman with the Best Shoes".

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Deux Souliers Shoes: Toothy Soles

Deux Souliers Shoes Spring-Summer 2016 collection stands out because of its serrated or "toothy" soles. These soles, designed in-house, are made from Microporous EVA, a very good anti-slip material. The forward-thinking Barcelona-based brand prides itself on using the best and the latest in footwear technology in its collections.

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Women’s Leather Shoes by Jose Saenz

Women’s leather shoes by Jose Saenz Shoes from Arnedo in La Rioja, Spain, have a very distinct style and attitude. Working in a shoe making town, side by side with

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Women’s Wedge Sandals by Homers SS16

Women’s wedge sandals are one of the best type of sandals for the summer in the city and beyond. There are a few reasons for that. Wedge sandals are: High

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Gold metallic sandal by Pura López

Gold metallic sandal by Pura López in a flat, minimalist version is a rare treat. Pura López is a luxury women's shoe brand that is better known for its classy nude pumps and glamorous high heels. But from time to time you can also find great exceptions from that rule, such as the "Hena" sandal.

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Lace Up Sandals

Lace up sandals are making a very strong appearance this season and I'm loving it! Lace-ups look great on the feet and on the legs. Here is fashion icon Kendall Jenner wearing a striking "gladiator" version of the lace-up sandal, also called the "cage" sandal.

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Shoe of the Week: Rose Quartz Sandal

This Shoe of the Week, code-named the "Rose Quartz" sandal, was made by the Spanish CX label from Petrer, Alicante. The "Rose Quartz" sandal is sought after for formal events like weddings and first communions, but it also works very well with a more relaxed feminine style. It is very convenient that the sandal comes in three different heights. Comfort without sacrificing style is the mantra of all Spanish shoemakers.

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Shoe of the Week: Neosens

The La Rioja-based Neosens brand is known for its innovative approach to footwear and the "metropolitan" fashion style. The "Moravia" sandal is also in trend: clogs are back. It is a cross between a clog and a sandal. The well-tanned deep cognac tinted leather is oh, so pretty... The "Moravia" looks comfortable, sturdy, whimsical, and swanky at the same time.

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Shoe of the Week: Virreina

This Shoe of the Week is by the Virreina brand from Menorca. Virreina is a bit of a rare treat on the net. I literally cried my eyes out once when I missed the chance of buying a Virreina bag on YOOX. Virreina designers strive for absolute simplicity and functionality. The sandal below is designed in a pure and timeless style of Mediterranean comfort. The leather used is of high quality, as it is the case with all shoe manufacturers in Menorca.

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Paloma Barceló Summer Sale

One more summer sale I absolutely had to cover is by another Made in Spain brand I adore: Paloma Barceló. I want to start with the "Lauranne" flat T-strap espadrille sandal made almost entirely out of black macrame - a form of textile created by knotting, as opposed to weaving or knitting. The effect is beautiful and very resilient. The current trend for the handmade aesthetic and ecologically responsible production makes this espadrille a very coveted object.

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