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Salamanca: The Round Up

Rounding up the Made in Spain shoe and accessories shopping in the upscale Salamanca district, there are a few more stores worth naming, which are known to me not through shopping guides or city maps ( I use these just for reference), but through actual people that run them. Some time ago I was in touch with Elena de Mingo, who is one of the executives of eMe Shoes(or M) shoe company. The company specializes in selling and promoting the Made in Spain brands. I featured eMe here, here, here and here. This company also has a very attractive in-house shoes and accessories line, designed and manufactured in Spain, of course. eMe has two stores in Salamanca, on the Jorge Juan and Don Ramón de la Cruz streets.

eMe Shoes, Don Ramón de la Cruz 46 (also Jorge Juan 22) – despite the stores being high-end in design and philosophy, you will find that eMe offers a lot of good deals on their shoes. Sometimes you can find deals under a 100 Euros, but this also includes their online distributor, a multi-brand online retailer miinto.




Pedro García, Jorge Juan 12 – a family firm, often featured on this blog (here, here, here and here), makes luxury shoes using a lot of innovative technology, while remaining a true Made in Spain company. The style is very cutting-edge and conceptual, reflecting the company’s love for innovation and the pushing of the envelope. Pedro García is one of the few Spanish shoe companies that has a solid foot-hold in the US high-end shoes market, being carried by such luxury retail giants as Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom. Many an American celebrity has been spotted wearing Pedro García shoes. Also located on Jorge Juan 12 is Le Boho Shop, which carries bohemian style clothes and accessories. Their stock list includes the Spanish espadrille brand Mint & Rose.




Magrit Couture, Principe de Vergara 56, 1º 8 – the Principe de Vergara street runs perpendicular to the Ortega y Gasset. Magrit Couture studio is located to the north of the intersection. The Elda-based company, which has been around since 1929, specializes in made to order luxury women’s shoes. They also have a great ready-made line. Magrit shoes are well-known to the cream of Madrid’s society for its glamorous style, impeccable taste, and foot-friendly construction. Letizia, the Queen of Spain, is a customer.

The company prides itself on having created a collection of shoe molds, perfected over almost hundred years, that are designed to make the wearing of high-heels an enjoyable experience. I dream of owning a pair of Magrit shoes. The name is synonymous with the best Spanish shoe industry has to offer and the ultimate in Madrid chic.


Masscob, 2 Puigcerdà Street:


Masscob clothing and accessories boutique in Salamanca, Madrid, Spain.


The luminous white and honey toned interior of the store provides a perfect backdrop for clothes and accessories by the Spanish fashion brand Masscob. The style is simple and serene, sometimes classic, sometimes folksy, with clean and flowing lines. High standard for quality means that prices are high, but prohibitively so, especially for an upscale area like Salamanca. Similar to Caramelo, Masscob is one of the places where you are likely to to stumble upon a piece that you simply cannot live without.

On that note, I am saying good-bye to Salamanca for now and moving on to the neighboring districts, real treasure troves of Made in Spain shoes and accessories. I have no doubt that I will have many occasions to add new great finds to the Salamanca shoe shopping experience.

I hope you enjoyed the first installment of Spanishoegallery‘s Shoe Shopping Itineraries series.

Happy exploring!



Golden Glow in the middle of the Arctic

We’ve been hit with a bitter cold here in Eastern Canada. Yesterday it felt like -20C. A 10 minute walk in my wool coat felt like an eternity. I wanted to howl, that’s how cold it was. Apparently it’s about to get warmer again. But for now this cold made me want to buy a huge Canadian parka and a balaclava. There is snow on the ground, but not too much of it, so there is nothing to soften the impact of the freezing temperatures. And the wind is blowing mercilessly.

A view from my front door this morning:


To distract myself, I started thinking of warm glowing things. Speaking of glow, on the Toronto subway last week I spotted a guy wearing these sneakers (by Giuseppe Zanotti), which I thought were a bit much. Their golden straps almost blinded me for a second.

Giuseppe Zanotti sneaker


The longing for a more tasteful glow made my thoughts turn to my favorite gold-colored shoes from Spanish designers‘ past collections.

For example, here are these gold T-strap pumps by eMe Shoes. This was from their SS14 collection. I had seen them last Spring and really liked them.
Unfortunately, they are not available in North America. Very elegant and I love the mirrored effect.


Or, here are these pretty pale gold espadrille sneakers by Agilis, Barcelona.


Here is a “shoe selfie” that Bárbara de Cárdenas, from the Spanish blog Los Zapatos de Bárbara , graciously sent me:


Also, Barbara and I coincided recently in singling out these textured leather bronze/gold ankle boots by Hoss Intropia. They are actually available on YOOX.COM right now! You can buy them by clicking on the image.

Then there are these amazing gold sandals by Paloma Barcelo’ SS14 collection. It was a glorious collection (I featured it here and here), but only some models showed up on YOOX.COM, and only just recently. I would have totally bought them, being a hopeless Paloma Barcelo’ junkie, but it’s not my size. You may be the lucky girl!


Finally, here is pic of Christina Hendricks wearing beautiful damask-print gold pumps by Bionda Castana at the CNN 2014 Heroes Awards. The clutch is also gorgeous!


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Keep warm and you are golden:)

Blue and Gold by eMe

EME blue

These peep-toe pumps by eMe shoes are heavenly. Literally. In Western iconography blue and gold are colors of heaven.

The pumps are made from the noblest shade of ultramarine-colored suede, with pale gold leather trim all around, and exquisite nude lining. (Nude seems to be eMe‘s forte, see Cuban Elegance post). Ultramarine is the name of the deep-blue pigment that was created by grinding the semi-precious lapis lazuli stone into powder.


Western artists used it from the earliest times to create their most important paintings. They had it imported from Afghanistan by sea – hence the name “ultra marine”, Latin for “beyond the sea”.

A little aside: I always think of the chain of tradespeople that undertook the task of bringing the stone from Asia to Europe. It’s almost impossible for us to imagine how people could ship things before modern communications, planes and advances in shipbuilding. It’s really admirable. Apparently, it didn’t take them all that long, either. That’s what I call a truly global economy!

Back to eMe: the shoes have a hidden platform and a 8.5 cm heel. They are available through the company’s online retailer by clicking the “Shop online” link on the eMe website. As of yet, regrettably, eMe shoes does not have delivery to North America.

eMe shoes

logo-estoesemeeMe (M) shoes is a young and innovative company that was conceived as a platform for showcasing Made in Spain brands. The first signature M store opened in Madrid in 2006. In 2012 eMe launched its first in-house collection of shoes and handbags, all proudly hand produced in Spain. eMe collections are currently sold through eMe‘s own stores, an online shop, and a number of boutiques, both in Spain and internationally.


An eMe “pop-up” shop in Toulouse, France, August 2013