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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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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The Spanish Rose

Have you heard the expression the "Spanish Rose"? It usually refers to a typical Spanish beauty. Of course, typical Spanish beauties only wear Spanish shoes. Whether you are in a relationship, dating, or single, it is a truth universally acknowledged that shoes are the best gift for a woman on Valentine's.

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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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Textile Charm

Spanish woven textiles are known for their soft texture, vibrant color combinations, and durability. They are folksy without being simple and it can really brighten up your life. In southern Spain, where people often keep the doors open during the day, heavy textile curtains serve as breathable privacy screens. The textiles are also traditionally used in shoe making.

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Shoe of the Week: Gioseppo

I love crochet, in clothes and in shoes. The technique is especially well developed in Spanish-speaking countries. It is both stylish and cool, exercising the artisan’s imagination to the fullest with its endless variety of lacy patterns. Crochet goes really well with an espadrille sole, in both style and function – airy and down-to-earth at the same time. White crochet is is the very essence of summer.

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Castañer

Castañer, based in Girona, Catalonia, has a shoe-making resumé that goes all the way back to the 18th century. In 1927 Luis Castañer and his cousin Tomas Serra started making

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La Rioja

La Rioja, the picturesque autonomous region in north-central Spain, is known throughout the world for its fine wine of the same name. That said, La Rioja is also a notable footwear producer. The Neosens brand from Quel is known for its extravagant Baroque-inspired designs. The Art brand, also from Quel, targets the metropolitan urban crowd with cheeky, street-art inspired footwear. The brand Gaimo from Arnedo opts for simplicity and subdued elegance, producing espadrille-inspired sandals with quality leather uppers.

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