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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When White Sneakers Blossom

The newly arrived spring is a great excuse to do a white sneakers "edit". We are all so addicted to this cool, sporty casual shoe that many here in Canada and the US tried to cheat and started wearing white sneakers in February, during a spell of unusually warm weather. I can understand - generally, sneakers are light, trendy footwear, but white sneakers are even more special: they are a wardrobe staple that combines with lots of things and adds freshness to any outfit.

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