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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Shoe of the Week: Neosens

The La Rioja-based Neosens brand is known for its innovative approach to footwear and the "metropolitan" fashion style. The "Moravia" sandal is also in trend: clogs are back. It is a cross between a clog and a sandal. The well-tanned deep cognac tinted leather is oh, so pretty... The "Moravia" looks comfortable, sturdy, whimsical, and swanky at the same time.

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Shoes Extraordinaire

One of the main reasons I love Spanish shoes is the unbridled fantasy of the designers and their ability to channel their love of life into shoes. Their flight of fancy is wholeheartedly supported by the Spanish public, which loves to be original, extravagant, and daring. A "shoe extraordinaire" can mean a unique color combination, unusual texture, a special embellishment effect, or a "fashion quote" from a time long past.

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The Esparto Advantage

Esparto is a resilient grass with tough narrow leaves that gave its name to the espadrille (via the Catalan espardenya or the southern Spanish esparteña). This reed grows in Spain, North Africa, and many other dry and semi-dry areas of the world. As a material, the esparto grass possesses two indisputable advantages: it is very resilient and highly breathable. The art and know-how of esparto craftsmanship would be in danger of disappearing if it wasn't for people like Alejandro Sevilla, the founder of Espartéame. The company makes and distributes design objects made of esparto to professional decorators, various types of businesses, and regular people who have a connection with the material and want to have it in their home.

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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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Salamanca Ayala, Hermosilla, Goya

Salamanca Ayala, Hermosilla, Goya are three streets that run parallel to each other in this lush upscale neighborhood north-east of Madrid city center. Together they house many stores of interest to

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Salamanca: Claudio Coello

At the Spanishoegallery Blog we have long been planning to offer our readers shoe shopping itineraries for the major and not so major cities of Spain. Finally this moment has

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Finally, I got an opportunity to wear my new pointy toe T-strap ballet flats by Mikaela. I got them on YOOX.COM and they were an incredible deal. I’m really fond

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Wow! It’s been a long break, almost a month. Not voluntary, of course. The workload of a graduate student is substantial. Even though I never stopped thinking of shoes or

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We’ve been hit with a bitter cold here in Eastern Canada. Yesterday it felt like -20C. A 10 minute walk in my wool coat felt like an eternity. I wanted

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