Audley from Elda

Audley Shoes sounds English, because it is: the head designers of Audley, Tim and Fiona Slack, have been making shoes in the "British revival" style in London since the 1970s. In 1988 the couple came to Elda, Spain and founded Audley, merging their eclectic, modernist architecture-inspired designs with fine Spanish craftsmanship.

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Golden Shoes

As a fashion trend, gold continues to rise (not so on the stock market). Mirror-effect gold, textured gold, old gold, pale gold, gold leaf, gold in all possible combinations is seen everywhere in the fashion world. Delpozo, a Spanish fashion house that is gaining enormous international following embraced the trend in its Summer 2016 collection, which was shown at the New York Fashion Week this past Wednesday.

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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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Castañer Summer Sale

It's not even the middle of August yet, but the Fall-Winter collections are already replacing the summer inventory, which is being sold off at ever increasing discounts. I could not possibly cover all the sales that are going on at the Spanish (and not only Spanish) shoes and accessories brands right now, HOWEVER....I can't resist covering the current summer sale that is happening on the Castañer website. Despite a seemingly limitless number of brands that are following the espadrille trend, the demand for Castañer's high-fashion espadrilles (and for many other Spanish-made espadrilles) is not likely to be affected. Castañer's long-standing association with world-famous fashion houses, its very distinct design philosophy and strong brand identity, its commitment to quality and a correspondingly high price point put it in a league of its own. In short, Castañer espadrilles have long become iconic objects of desire. And currently, this summer collection is being sold off at 30-50% discounts through the Castañer online store, as well as Net-A-Porter.

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The Jeweled Sandals Parade

Jeweled sandals are going from strength to strength every year. Always popular with girly girls, they are now becoming bolder, more artistic, more daring, and range from high-end to bohemian casual. The costume jewelry is getting more elaborate. Swarovski crystals are as big with shoemakers now as they are with hat makers. Add the parallel metallic trend, there is scarcely a company that does not get on that jeweled sandals bandwagon. I've always liked "bejeweled" sandals. If well fitted and tastefully made, they make your feet look like something out of the "Thousand and One Night". Exotic and sexy.

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Summer? Time To Think of Boots

Summer mood, the weather is great - who wants to even think of winter and cold weather? I don't, BUT.... right now is a good time to take advantage of great discounts being offered on last season's boots. As many fashion lovers know, there is nothing wrong with a) wearing last season b) getting bargains on designer boots. Here on this blog, I am, of course, talking Spanish brands.

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AGARE: Ana, Olga, Teresa

I came across AGARE website in early spring. After reading an interview with Ignacio López Modrego, the founder of the company, I found out that AGARE is a family business named after Mr López Modrego's three daughters - Ana, Olga, and Teresa. The sisters are now running the business, which is based in Illueca, a small town near Zaragoza in northeastern Spain. AGARE's target market is urban men and women aged 35-50, who are looking for casual, sporty, and comfortable shoes at a reasonable price.

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Parade of Nudes

Since nude legs are about to start flashing their different tones on the streets of Toronto, as they have already been in cities where winter has receded long ago, Spanishoegallery would like to present a selection of Made in Spain "nudes".

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Shoe of the Week: Audley

Audley shoes have a very distinct style, which I've seen described as being influenced by Bauhaus - a German art movement from the beginning of the 20th century. Bauhaus is very well-known for its fusion of art and industry, crafts and fine arts.

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Paloma Barceló Gold Leather Sandals

These stunning gold leather sandals by Paloma Barceló feature rounded leather straps in rich golden dye and an architectural cork wedge with golden inlays that can be admired from different angles. The sandal is from the brand's SS14 collection.

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