Travel Bags and Accessories by La Portegna

Travel bags and accessories brand La Portegna came about because of one man's sensibility for "slow travel". For José Urrutia, the founder of La Portegna, it all began with his grandmother, who told him fascinating stories of long boat voyages to far away lands at a time when "slow travel" was the only type of travel. The objects that decorated her home spoke of things she had seen and people she had encountered and befriended along the way (among them Ernest Hemingway). Moved by his grandmother's experiences, the charismatic Spanish entrepreneur set out to create the most cherished travel bags and accessories on the market.

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Mermaid Heels and Other Cool Fantasies

Mermaid heels – that’s what I call shoes that have a distinctly scaly leather texture. They happen to be signature Paco Herrero, a classic Spanish dressy women’s shoe brand from Elda. Not too long ago I featured a “mermaid” ankle boot by them. As I often say on this blog, I’m a huge admirer of textured leather shoes.

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Spanish High-End Bags: The Edit

High-end bags are not limited to a few very well-known names. Unless, of course, you regard high-end handbags as status symbols indicating that you "have arrived", as Samantha from "Sex and the City" famously said. You may or may not remember, but the episode with the uber-exclusive bag actually backfired for her. Still, what do we mean when we refer to a bag as "high-end"?

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Sheepskin Boots from Spain

Sheepskin boots stand for warmth and comfort in the winter. As far as style is concerned, the situation varies. Is it ultimately possible to have your cake and eat it too? In short, are there good-looking high-quality sheepskin boots out there? The answer is a resounding "yes"! So, where do they make good-looking and reliable sheepskin boots? If you guessed Australia, you are only partly right. Excellent sheepskin boots for both men and women are also designed and made in Spain.

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Ankle Boots – Embellished or Plain?

Ankle boots are the city dweller's best friend in the colder months, easily switching from outside to inside, from sporty wear to fancy wear. Whether the ankle boot is embellished or plain does make a difference - the embellished ones are obviously more visually exciting, but the plain ones are easier to combine with different outfits. I picked out two sets of ankle boots, designed and made in Spain: one embellished, one plain, by four great, reputable Spanish brands. Let's take a closer look!

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Perfect Holiday Pump by Hannibal Laguna

End-of-the-year parties call for a perfect holiday pump. I've been checking out a lot of holiday-worthy pumps lately and the suede bow-embellished creations by Hannibal Laguna, a prominent Spanish fashion designer, come closest to what I imagine a perfect holiday pump should be like. From jewel tones and velvety texture to the sensuous shape, pretty heel, and fine detailing, the "Calen" pump ticks off all the boxes.

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Halloween or The Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead, Halloween, Finaos - all these celebrations deal with otherworldly things and with our fear of what is beyond the final line. Humour always helps. So does dressing up, which is a great Halloween tradition. You could dress up as Kitty Soft Paws from the 2011 Puss in Boots movie, for example. And I've got just the perfect pair of boots for the costume. What Kitty Soft Paws would say "no" to so much patent leather elegance?

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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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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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