Launching The Espadrille

Have you ever celebrated something by "launching the espadrille"? People in Spain never cease to surprise me with the things they get up to, including this yearly espadrille launching festival, celebrated in the Cervera village of La Rioja. If I've learned anything in my four years of writing the Spanishoegallery Blog (it is hard to believe, but the blog is celebrating its fourth anniversary this year), it's that Spanish shoe makers know a thing or two about people and about happiness.

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Floral Heels Inspired by the Canary Islands

Floral heels generally look beautiful on well-groomed feet, but the ones I want to talk about in this post are not of a general kind. The artistic inspiration for these particular floral heels has sprung of a very special place on earth, or rather in the ocean: Canary Islands, the most southerly region of Spain.

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Menorcan Sandals by Menorquinas Popa

Traditional Menorcan sandals known as avarques (avarca in singular), have been on my radar for as long as I've been publishing this blog. The great thing about these typical Menorcan sandals is, of course, that they are light, airy, and the colour choices are endless. Some time ago, I became aware of a brand called Menorquinas Popa ("menorquinas" is another way the Spanish refer to Menorcan sandals). Not only did this brand's avarques appeal to my fashion sense, but I also liked that a lot of them come with a platform.

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Pink Suede Moccasin by Abarca Shoes

Abarca Shoes focuses on espadrille-based bluchers and sandals with cotton, suede or raffia uppers. Abarca Shoes prides itself on its artisan roots and sustainable production practices. I recently fell in love with the pink suede moccasin from the brand's Summer 2017 collection.

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Romantic Sandals by C-Doux

For lovers of the romantic fashion style, I discovered a great Menorcan brand named C-Doux. C-Doux is a play on the French expression "c'est doux" - which can mean both "it is sweet" and "it is soft".

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Embroidered Sandals, Sneakers, and Clogs

Embroidered sandals, as well as sneakers, and clogs are the height of chic this summer. Call it longing for the flower power aesthetic of the seventies, or renewed interest in traditional artisan embellishments, of which embroidery is the most spectacular, or fashion industry's response to the consumer's desire to stand out and own a (relatively) unique piece of wearable art, but.... Bottom line is that embroidered shoes are back big time and probably for more than one season.

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The Moccasin File

I used to think of the moccasin (or the loafer, as many people call it) as something unexciting, conservative rather (funny, isn't it, given the moccasin's humble origin as a simple hand-sewn shoe), but I have since changed my mind. On certain occasions and with certain outfits, a nice moccasin can be both stylish and practical. And, if it is cute, as the Spanish mocs that I'm about to show you are, so much the better. I dubbed this list the "Moccasin File".

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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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Sparkling Shoes for a Happy New Year

New Year's festivities bring to light lots and lots of sparkling shoes. Practically all women's shoe brands use glitter in their winter models, presenting them as perfect party heels. It is not very easy to stand out in this crowd, but some brands do. The one brand that I always single out when it comes to sparkling shoes is RAS.

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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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