Mermaid Heels and Other Cool Fantasies

Mermaid Heels

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. That said, I don’t like scaliness – not in shoes, not in clothes, not generally. Reminds me too much of a fish or a snake. Nothing wrong with those creatures, but we have different habitats (usually). However, mermaid heels by Paco Herrero are one big exception. They tickle my senses and bring up good associations. Like the story of the little mermaid who wanted to marry a prince. These shoes are welcome in my natural habitat any day of the week.

"Mermaid" pump by Paco Herrero
Mermaid” pump by Paco Herrero. Currently on sale for 49 Euros on the Paco Herrero website.

Paco Herrero has really great sales: these shoes initially cost double. The website delivers worldwide, but I’m not very happy with the shipping fees for North America at the moment. It does not necessarily have to be like this – many Spanish companies ship for less and I wish folks at Paco Herrero did something about this. I would love to own a pair or more of their shoes but just can’t bring myself to buy them with these shipping prices. Of course, if you are in Europe, you are in luck. Shipping will be next to nothing, so your mermaid heels would end up being a great steal.

Paco Herrero is a well-established brand based at the very heart of Spain’s luxury shoe production. Their designers have a lot of tricks up their sleeves and the mermaid heels are a perfect example. The leather texture imitates scales oh so well, and yet, it doesn’t possess that unnervingly zoological look. The “scales”, of course, are wonderful at catching the light, which makes the shoes look slightly iridescent.

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The “Mermaid” pump in gold. Made in Spain by Paco Herrero. 49 Euros on the Paco Herrero website.

Cool Tones

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Wine tone suede tall boot by Paco Herrero. On sale for 75 Euros ($80!!!) on the Paco Herrero website.
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Low-heel Paco Herrero Suede Tall Boot in Wine. 75 Euros ($80) on the Paco Herrero website.

There is another thing that I noticed about Paco Herrero: the propensity to use cool tones. There are, of course, exceptions, but cool tones seem to dominate. Case in point: this flat tall boot in beautiful light burgundy. It had me at hello, as they say. The color is quite extraordinary. Can’t you just see how any old and tired outfit would be brought to life with these? This is one of those instances where shoes (or boots) set the tone for the whole look. The boots are simply exquisite, and, not to mention, comfortable. I would buy them without any hesitation if it wasn’t for the shipping fees.

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Musqueteer style over-the-knee high-heel boot by Paco Herrero. 99 Euros on the Paco Herrero website.

This musqueteer boot is very sexy, almost too sexy, actually. Not least because the leather is so soft and glossy. The boot does have a good profile. Considering the quality, the price is amazing.

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High-heel Mary Jane by Paco Herrero featuring a studded back seam and a non-slip sole. Currently on sale for 71 Euros on the Paco Herrero website.

This sturdy Mary-Jane has a very attractive profile, further enhanced by the cool black sheen of the large-grain leather. A great urban warrior shoe!

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The studs in the back, the stable, slightly tapered heel, and the robust ankle strap add a strong, edgy vibe. 71 Euros on the Paco Herrero website.

What’s To Come: Summer 2017

Paco Herrero Summer 2017 collection is true to form: strong, confident, imaginative, classy.

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Paco Herrero Suede Open Pump in red. Features long ankle straps and a high wooden heel. Summer 2017. Photo courtesy of Patricia Jorge.

This astonishingly beautiful shoe may be considered impractical by some, but it is definitely a tour de force. It also comes in navy.

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Bonded Straps High Heel Sandal in cool magenta by Paco Herrero SS2017. Photo courtesy of Patricia Jorge.

The Paco Herrero summer staple high-heel sandal in cool magenta. Summer 2017.

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Cage style black kitten heel pump with pink and red decorative detail. Paco Herrero SS 2017. Photo courtesy of Patricia Jorge.

Kitten heels are super popular (again), but this one is extra special because of the intriguing “cage” body with glossy pink and red scallop-shaped appliqués in the front and back.

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High-Heel Suede Sandals featuring double straps and an external platform. Paco Herrero Summer 2017. Photo courtesy Patricia Jorge.

This luxurious high-heel suede sandal is a summer party favorite. The external platform is just right for mitigating the height of the solid straight heel, without spoiling the sandal’s impeccable profile.

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Red Dots Sandal featuring a high patent leather cylinder heel in red. Paco Herrero SS 2017.Photo courtesy Patricia Jorge.

The connected dots design is certainly very original. I wonder how it actually feels on the foot. The profile, complete with the glossy cylinder heel, is certainly attractive.

So here is a taste of Paco Herrero – both of what is available now and what will hit the stores soon. Spanish women swear by this brand, so why not follow their lead? If you are not a mermaid heels gal, there are a lot of other great choices where these shoes came from. Let’s start making room in our closets!









About Me

Ann Mailsi is a writer and social media buff based in the Greater Toronto Area, Ontario, Canada. Her interests include fashion, technology, and nature adventures.

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