There must be some gene that makes us love shoes. And if it’s not shoes, it might be handbags, or watches, or cars, bikes, etc.
Whatever that is, I admit it, I am a shoe victim. I believe they show our personality and I am forever looking at people’s shoes. I am a big fan of Spanish classic loafers, I do not understand those pointy shoes, but guess what, I ended up buying some myself! Never say never, right? I will show you a few shoes that I bought in Spain, some are unique, some might have a similar look to those elsewhere, I am always happy to talk about shoes, should you want to leave a comment below.
Espardenyes/a mean espadrilles shoes
Espardenyes have been around for 4000 years or so, they originated in Pyrennean Catalonia (Spain). Although it was once a peasant footwear, they marketed it to the everyday people who wants a comfortable summer shoe. We have to thank Yves Sant Laurent who was after a wedge shaped espardenya, and the rest is history. A classic for many Catalonians, I bought many pairs of different colours, you can never have too many of these, and they are pretty affordable. I always thought that if I had to start wearing high heels, that a pair of high heeled espardenyes would be a good start, and I was right.
I usually buy my espardenyes from "La manual alpargatera". Clicking that link will open my personalised Barcelona map, you will find the exact location in letter “K”. For other shoes "El Corte Inglés" mall has different locations, I pinned one in city centre, letter "G".
Barcemola "Espardenyes" (espadrilles) shoes available from "La manual alpargatera".
Antoni Gaudi's Sagrada Familia "Espardenyes" (espadrilles) shoes available from "La manual alpargatera".
There is something about heels I discovered when I was a teenager, they give you so much more confidence as not only you look taller, it also makes you feel more feminine. Meow!
They have released a new set of stamped espardenyes which are pretty awesome, it would be a good souvenir from Barcelona for you to take, cheap and not too bulky. Most shops have them.
"Yanko" shoes available from El Corte Inglés
My best elegant pair of Spanish shoes right now, the brand is “Yanko”, it was popular a few years ago, mostly big stores would have it. The damp managed to spoil the little adornment, but I will be getting it fixed.
"Gloria Ortiz" shoes available from El Corte Inglés
These are the shoes I take to weddings :)
A little sparkle goes a long way!
"Pura López" shoes available from El Corte Inglés
This pair of Spanish shoes are from “Pura Lopez”, also found in big stores or most shoe shops from Barcelona’s city centre. In fact I first saw them in black, with a sort of newspaper like pattern, but they run out, I opted for the pink pair and I am actually happier with them. Low heel, perfect cheat!
Unisex "Victoria" trainers available from most shoe shops in Spain.
These basic trainers are from the Spanish shoe brand “Victoria”, they have been around forever, in fact I just googled their page, and found out that it is exactly 100 years since a man fell in love with the woman he would later marry, and named a shoe and created an empire after her name. They do have shoelaces but I always preferred them without..They have always been economical, one day I might expand my Victoria collection, as I saw a shop in Via Laietana (behind las Ramblas) that I must go check out again...
Black wedged"Espardenyes" (espadrilles) shoes available from most shoe shops in Spain.
Sparkly wedged "Espardenyes" (espadrilles) shoes available from most shoe shops in Spain.
Unisex flat red "Espardenyes" (espadrilles) shoes available from most shoe shops in Spain.
Unisex green "Espardenyes" (espadrilles) shoes available from most shoe shops in Spain.
Unisex flat "Menorquines" shoes available from most shoe shops in Spain.
Popular from "Menorca". Bought from "Bravo Java" shoe shop in Rambla de Catalunya, 16.
These Spanish shoes are called “Menorquines”, because they became popular from Menorca. The leather ones are very smooth, you will see lots of people wearing them all summer, the advantage is that you can put the string forward so you will not get hurt from it.
Classic loafers "Mocasines" shoes available from most shoe shops in Spain.
Bought from "Bravo Java", Rambla de Catalunya, 16.
Bless whoever invented ladie's loafers, it makes our feet so much more comfortable!