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.
With its gorgeously curved silhouette and velvet-quality suede, the “Calen” pump is drop-dead elegant. It comes in two colors – black and “eggplant red“. The classic black is greatly enlivened by the vibrant burgundy of the inner edge. The deep-red version has purple undertones, which explain the eggplant reference. The “eggplant red” is beautifully attenuated by the dark navy trimming.
What I Like About It
The two-tone design has an effect of breaking up the solid jewel tone, setting a playful, holiday-like mood. The embellishments in the shape of a bow-tie are both cheeky and fancy. The bow-tie in the red version has a festive snow-flake pattern, while the one in the black version looks like patent leather. What I also really like about the “Calen” pump is its heel height. It is high enough to give the pump a sexy profile, but low enough for hours of merrymaking and enjoyment. With the “Calen” pump you should be able to last long at any holiday party, without your feet feeling the pain.
Hannibal Laguna was born in Venezuela to Spanish parents, owners of a successful children’s fashion brand (children’s fashion is another prolific and highly acclaimed sector of the Spanish clothing and shoe industry). Mr. Laguna launched his own fashion label back in 1987, after studying fashion in Milan. The designer became known for highly glamorous, exquisitely embellished evening wear in jeweled and metallic tones. Hannibal Laguna‘s creations are sought after by theater and film productions and numerous Spanish celebrities.
The shoes and accessories line is a relatively recent development. Some items of the current collection can be purchased on the Hannibal Laguna website. The full collection can be seen in his flagship store in Madrid‘s Golden Mile and in other high-end shoe boutiques all across Spain. The charming De Sobrecueva boutique in Valencia, featured here, carries a very complete collection of Hannibal Laguna shoes, including the “Calen“, the perfect holiday pump.