Luxury Handbags by Naiara Elgarresta

The Spanishoegallery Blog is thrilled to feature the inaugural collection of luxury handbags by a hot new Spanish shoes and accessories designer - Naiara Elgarresta. Naiara's creative profile is a happy mix of masculine and feminine energies - the Ying and Yang of design. She is both a dreamer and a pragmatic, a meticulous planner and a lover of adventure, a sports fanatic and a girly girl. When these qualities intersect, great things are created. Case in point: a handbag collection under the designer's own brand name, launched online last week through her new website.

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Red and Black Ankle Boots

Red and black is a powerful combination much loved by artists and fashion designers. The clash between the hot red energy and cool black energy is provocative and exciting. This is also true for shoes, of course. The red and black combo is timeless, but it seems to be a particularly hot trend this fall. The Art Company, a Spanish brand known for its metropolitan style footwear that comes in a dazzling array of colors, has a particularly attractive line up of red and black ankle boots to offer this season.

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Women’s Bluchers That Steal Your Heart

Women's bluchers are semi-casual lace-up shoes that go particularly well with pants, pant suits, skirts, and tunics. They are perfect for the dry days of fall and spring. Women's bluchers are so versatile these days that no matter how "girly" or feminine your style is, you will find a pair that fits your wardrobe, not to mention steals your heart. Practical and attractive as it can be, the blucher greatly expands women's fashion choices.

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Rustic Charm Sandals from Spain

Rustic charm sandals are symbols of what we in the Northern hemisphere call a perfect summer. It is the time to unwind, to get back to basics, to be one with the nature without having to put many protective layers between yourself and the elements. Of all Europeans, Spanish have perfected the art of dressing in harmony with your surroundings. Spanish sense of fashion and style is a reflection of the country’s long tradition of finding beauty in humble things. Materials like jute, raffia, esparto grass (which actually gave the espadrilles their name), hand-woven textiles are worked into shoes and accessories for durability, comfort, and a rustic charm that is often very refreshing, especially for urban dwellers yearning to get out of the urban jungle.

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Wide Strap Sandals For Your Summer Wanderings

The most popular Mediterranean summer shoes are simple wide strap sandals - sandals made of two parallel or crossing straps of leather. Wide strap sandals come flat or with a small heel or wedge. Simplicity is key. The wide strap sandal, so popular in Spain, is a versatile summer staple that goes with practically anything and can be worn anywhere where open toe shoes are appropriate.

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Vintage Hats in “Cable Girls”

Helena Sanchis, the chief costume designer for the Netflix 1920s period drama "Cable Girls", is known for her terrific fashion flair and great sense of historical detail. She outfitted her "cable girls" with a number of beautiful vintage hats and accessories. Elegant hats and unique fascinators are timeless - if you like 1920s fashion, take a look at some contemporary pieces by the Barcelona-based artisan milliner Gema Galdón.

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Vintage Heels in “Cable Girls”

Not since the “Great Gatsby” have vintage heels and other accessories been given as much screen time as in the new Netflix series “Cable Girls” - a 1920-30s period drama set in Madrid, Spain. When we say "vintage heels", we usually refer to a closed toe heeled shoe with straps forming a T or a Y and a side buckle fastening. This kind of shoe is called a T-strap pump. The T-strap pump has never really gone out of style. Instead, it keeps getting reinvented for each decade.

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Brilliant Stilettos To Ring In the New Year

We all aspire to feel glamorous and shine like diamonds, at least from time to time, and on New Year's especially. The most dazzling stilettos I've seen In the countdown to this year’s festivities are the “Kameron” by the Spanish luxury high-heel brand Pura López. The brand specializes in making the most perfectly shaped beautiful leather stilettos and other types of heeled shoes. Pura López shoes are quite literally fit for a queen.

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Musketeer Boot by C-Doux

Spanish shoe brands that I follow make the musketeer boot often enough, just like their competitors elsewhere. Every year, as I browse through their winter collections, I single out the models that I like best. This year it's an over-the-knee or "musketeer" boot by C-Doux, a Menorcan label that I really like for its refined and seductive design style. Great quality goes without saying when we are talking about shoes or boots made on the island of Menorca or in mainland Spain.

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Six Cold Season Power Boots

To successfully combat winter's wet and chilly weather, you really need power boots. By power boots I mean boots that can do at least two jobs at the same time: be rugged enough for walking (as opposed to hopping in and out of the car) and nice enough to look at. Boots that I'm about to show you are made of quality materials that will not fall apart from contact with water, snow, salt or ice-clearing agents and are also stylish enough to wear in the city.

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