Combat Boot Fashion by Beatriz Furest

Combat boot fashion is a throw-back to the 90s style, but it never really went away. It remains a key element of the "grunge" look. Personally, I am not addicted to "grunge" fashion, but I appreciate any style that successfully mixes up feminine and masculine energies. Case in point: these awesome combat style boots by Beatriz Furest, a Barcelona-based maker of high-end leather shoes and accessories.

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High Heel Mary Janes by Pura López

High heel Mary Janes are a great option for professional women who want to add a touch of playfulness to their corporate wardrobe. These shoes work on opposites: on the one hand the rounded toe and the ankle strap are very proper and school-girl like, but on the other hand tall heels signal definite grown-up territory. A case of double identity, if you will. All in all, quite sexy. A pair of good high heel Mary Janes would do a very nice job softening the stereotypical hard-nosed look that many women strive for in order to be taken seriously in the corporate world.

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Textured Leather Ankle Boots

Textured leather is very eye-catching. If done well, it adds flair to any outfit, transforming it from mundane to fashionable. Spanish shoe makers, with their amazing leather making tradition, excel at leather effects, textured leather included. Given the season, ankle boots are on everyone's mind. They are a very versatile urban style, good for the cool fall weather. Ankle boots come in a variety of colors, but black boots are a staple in any woman's wardrobe.

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This October eve marks the end of the Spanishoegallery Blog's third anniversary celebration month. It makes for a good occasion to show you my current picks from the Fall-Winter 2016-17 collection of yet another favorite Spanish shoe brand: Audley. In Audley Shoes every stitch, every little piece of hardware bears testimony to high-level Spanish craftsmanship.

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The highlight of Paloma Barceló Fall-Winter 16-17 collection is the herringbone style pattern in burgundy, a trend color this fall. I am not one to to bet on just one color (unless it's white), but I was seduced by the contrast between sleek calfskin and the dynamic visual beat of the herringbone pattern.

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Fall perfection can manifest itself in many things: crisp, freshly harvested apples, rustling golden leaves, darkening reflections in the ponds, relief from the stifling summer heat... Feel free to insert your own favorite fall perfection meme. When it comes to fashion and shoes, however, my idea of fall perfection is this laced Semi-heel #3 by Deux Souliers.

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English Touch, Spanish Soul In Madrid

English touch tends to fare extremely well in Spanish fashion, often blossoming into things of remarkable beauty. The cross-channel magic was on full display in the Spring-Summer 2017 collection by Ulises Mérida, presented on September 17 at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Madrid, which is wrapping up today.

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Namesake Castañers

What better way to celebrate Spanishoegallery Blog's third birthday than with my new namesake Castañers! The textile collection blew me away when it came out (see post here). That's what I call classic Castañer magic: taking ordinary ingredients and making something extraordinary out of them. My namesake "Ann" espadrille is a prime example: the tender pastels of the fabric seem to have come out of an Impressionist painting. The combination of "apple foam" pink and jade green is simply irresistible.

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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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Malababa, My Caramel Leather Crush

Malababa, my caramel leather crush, is an artisan leather design workshop turned boutique luxury women shoes and accessories brand. The Madrid-based founders, Ana Carrasco and Jaime Lara, work with an expert pool of craftsmen and women to create incredibly seductive leather finishes for their pieces. I especially love Malababa's reddish-hued leather shoes and bags.

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