Sparkling Shoes for a Happy New Year

New Year's festivities bring to light lots and lots of sparkling shoes. Practically all women's shoe brands use glitter in their winter models, presenting them as perfect party heels. It is not very easy to stand out in this crowd, but some brands do. The one brand that I always single out when it comes to sparkling shoes is RAS.

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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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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, like Elena de Mingo, one of the executives of eMe Shoes.

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Menorca, the Luxury Shoes Island

Menorca is a shoe-making island on par with Mallorca. Menorca is known for its luxury shoe brands. It is also the birth-place of the avarca sandal. Ferreries is also home to the high-fashion Jaime Mascaró and Úrsula Mascaró labels. Their graceful designs have walked many a red carpet. The Mascaró family of brands includes the Pretty Ballerinas label, favored by the global jet-set and entertainment personalities.  Nearby, in Alaior, Menorca, the Pons Quintana brand presents collections of shoes in gorgeous colors, renowned for their beauty, quality, and a unique leather-braiding technique.

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