Admittedly, one of the main reasons I was excited to travel to Spain this past spring was the chance to pick up a few pairs of well made shoes. Italy is known as the spot for fashionable leather shoes, but Spain also has a long and beautiful history of shoe making.
Here are some of my favorite Spanish shoe brands and styles. Most European everyday shoes are designed for walking and keep comfort and quality top of mind. Because they are designed for the carefree Mediterranean life style, they are perfect for Bay Area Summers.
Castell is a Spanish shoe manufacturer based on the island of Minorca. I picked up these while in Sevilla this May and instantly fell in love with how comfortable they are. The classic unisex Menorquinas style is designed for boating (they grip and will not scuff) and walking on cobblestones. I love the camel color that matches with just about everything, but they also come in fun fashion shades and stripes.
Known as a high quality Spanish comfort brand, these pair of Pikolinos are the lightest weight wedges I have ever owned. What I loved most about these shoes is that they required no "break in" time. They were comfortable enough to wear on long walks across town and easily packed up in a day bag. Pikolinos also makes wonderful fashion forward shoes for men!
A family owned company started in 1927, this brand is recognized around the globe as a mainstay in espadrille design. Fashion mavens have been sporting these lace up styles in full force this season. Fringe and pom poms have made their way into the fashion styles and add a fun touch of whimsy for summer. We love that Castaner espadrilles come in several different heel heights for comfort, hello happy feet.
The wild child of Spanish shoe brands this company founded in 1975 is not afraid to march to the beat of its own drum. Another great brand devoted to comfort, Camper is known for its quirky and unique designs. We love these summer sneakers for guys that are a lighter take on the high top.