Great Shoes Come With Great Stories

The Spanishoegallery Blog is three years old! Anniversaries (and this one is a milestone of sorts) make you think. This blog was started as a gut reaction to discovering that most shoes I liked in stores and online were Spanish. Not just "Made in Spain", but of actual Spanish conception and design. Back then I did not much wonder why, but simply dove into the project, trusting that the answer will come later. So, what is my take away from three years of blogging? Why Spanish shoes?

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Fascination With White Shoes

Fascination with white shoes has been with me for a long time. Independent of bridal fantasies, I think that there is something about white shoes that is dear to a girl's heart. It may be the promise of summer romance, of carefree time, of dancing....

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A Chie Mihara Gal

finally decided to find the aThere is a question that has been on my mind for a while: is there a quintessential Chie Mihara gal? I finally decided to find an answer to this question after checking out Chie Mihara's Fall-Winter 2015-16 collection. I've covered plenty of her shoes on this blog and many astounded me with their exquisitely worked textures, stunning colors, quirky patterns, slightly surrealistic aesthetic, and, of course, the attention to anatomical correctness.

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Shoe of the Week: Chie Mihara Wedding

I know, I know. Again with the Chie Mihara. But what I am to do? Chie's creations just blow my mind, even if they are often not my style. This week I'm presenting two versions of the same shoe from the Chie Mihara wedding collection, currently available to buy from the Chie Mihara official website. I'm not addicted to weddings and I'm not about to get married, but when I saw these....

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Shoe of the Week: Chie Mihara “Camelia”

Once again, a Chie Mihara is back as our Shoe of the Week. The light-yellow "Camelia" sling-back open toe sandal is from Chie Mihara's SS14 collection and it is available at YOOX in size 8 for $209US. Interestingly, the "Camelia" in coral pink is still available to buy from Chie Mihara's official online shop in European sizes 36 (US 5-6) and 40 (US 9-9.5) for the price of 234 Euros. I guess if you've got a good thing that sells it doesn't matter what season it is from.

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Shoe of the Week: Chie Mihara (2)

This week, for a second week in a row, we are featuring Chie Mihara - it's no bias, just could not resist this beautiful red sandal with its large peach-colored rose.

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Shoe of the Week: Chie Mihara Frilly White Sandal

This pair of peep-toe sandals by Chie Mihara blew me away with its fantasy leather detailing. Delicate leather bows masterfully arranged at the front make me think of something light, fluffy, and festive - like sea foam or a delicious dessert.

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Fall Boots On YOOX

If there is such a thing as fall boots, then I've got some nice options courtesy of Spanish brands that I follow and YOOX.COM, arguably Internet's greatest designer fashion retailer.

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As a child I read a lot of fairy tales. It now occurs to me that many of the stories involved shoe makers. Shoe making is such an important occupation

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Chie Mihara

Shoe designer Chie Mihara, a daughter of Japanese parents who was raised in Brazil, lived and studied in Japan and New York, ultimately set up her brand in Spain, in the heart of the Spanish shoe industry. This varied and unusual trajectory is reflected in Chie Mihara's original design style. The first thing you notice about the shoes is their lack of sharp edges or angles: round, organic shapes that are blended into one harmonious curvilinear silhouette.

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