Thursday, May 6, 2010




Gary’s Loft, Midtown, NYC

chie mihara

Words/Images Judith Ecochard

Spanish made footwear is a broad category for shoes, boots and sandals made anywhere in that Western European country.

An Editor’s Preview recently highlighted some terrific Fall/Winter 2010 looks.
pretty ballerinas

BIVIEL shoes are what’s coined feminine relaxed “basic styles” that are in the $100-$300 range. Elegant, made of quality Italian leather uppers…it’s the details we loved…

Like the ruched heel on this pump…

Elegant cross-stitching, tiny studs, buckles....

And plenty of wear with everything boots…a versatile look that’s huge for Fall 2010 and will be wearable into Spring.

CHIE MIHARA is one lady that garners much attention in the trade prints …

Her decidedly global take on Fall 2010 has something for everyone wanting comfort with pizzazz…
Mary Jane inspired,

T-Strap Pumps, Lace-Ups-shoes===

== and boots, 


chunky heels and platforms (hello 90’s) crepe soles…

Mixed textiles….

We favor pull on looks and Chie Mihara has some of the best in a wide assortment of heels…and interesting takes on the toe profiles.


suede, linen, shearling ...

rolls up too

And detail trends….ribbons, studs, lace

There is definitely a tango influence throughout too…a solid dancers platform that reminds us of the heels of our wedding shoes…

And there’s a bridal line too.

High end men’s footwear selections represented by the family owned MAGNANNI’s includes formal 

and hand finished classic slip ons and lace ups

--- And their take on the casual end of life…including handsome work/Chelsea boots.
We thought the rich patinas and quality leathers and constructions, well done.

Fron their website we learned that:

“MAGNANNI employs the Bologna construction method, a unique and complex technique that truly creates a glove for your feet. The foot is wrapped in 360 degrees of leather, making each shoe tremendously flexible and comfortable from the moment it is first put on.”

Meaning no ‘break-in’ wearing needed. ($295-$495)

Ballet flats and various variations thereof are one of the key trends to have evolved this century. PRETTY BALLERINAS…offers so many styles…some flat and flexible, some with slight heels (1cm), all made to last forever…

And not boring either…low vamps showing bit of toe cleavage, leathers and patents, prints, shiny embellishments, and exotics…

No wonder we keep running into the same fashion editors time and time again--- wearing these shoes.($175-$295)

We loved the more clever styles…

On the tall end of the scale, it’s the sexy high heels/stacked platforms of PURA LOPEZ that make this collection one of our favorites.

For Fall 2010, hardware (like studs) is subtler than previous collections… 

Boots including the hot hot over the knee styles are versatile…and can be morphed into a slouchy look too for year round wear.


SENDRA is becoming a household name in the world of shoe fanatics. We are always eyeing their boots…

We love…the shaved studs…more sophisticated. And one can remove the cuff and wear as a separate accessory!

As there is no typical trend …but visually interesting takes on various modern classic styles with subtle flourishes that make each kicker unique.

Combos of the key trends…. motorbike, workboot, western, equestrian,

One really caught our eyeballs…the wax finishes…including a white wash finish that’s put on different leathers for different effects…for a fine or roughed grain look.

Men’s looks that’ll probably sell well are the lug soles versions of the work boot…and brogue lace-ups.

(Prices typically range $375-$650)