Friday, March 31, 2017


The mountainous areas of Northern Spain (Galicia, Asturias, Catabria and the Basque Country) and Castilla and Leon, Aragon and Catalonia, have a humid climate with a lot of rain which makes roads and fields very muddy. Traditional footwear local to these regions include madreñas which are wooden over shoes. Soles include added blocks to lift the feet from the mud. The shoes were made locally by village craftsmen and are highly decorated with carvings or painting. The design is usually different for men and women.

Madreñas are similar to Dutch and Sweden clogs and made from a single piece of wood of green alder, beech, walnut or less often brown poplar.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Fashion Victims: The Pleasures and Perils of Dress in the 19th Century

Fashion Victims: The Pleasures and Perils of Dress in the 19th Century. Bata Shoe Museum

Lisa's Sole Bliss collection

Several years ago. Lisa Kay, quit her high-flying accounting career to start a manufacturing business. Lisa and her husband started out making handcrafted flourescent belts in a factory in Shoreditch, East London, which were quickly snapped up by large city stores.

Then Lisa decided to diversify into shoe design and came up with a range of shoes for women who suffer from bunions. Lisa's Sole Bliss collection, are designed for comfort.