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The Buenos Aires fashion scene is filled with elegant dresses, glittering accessories, and hip bags, but if there’s one item I can’t live without, it’s the perfect shoe. Window displays of Palermo boutiques entice the dedicated shopper with leather boots and the oh-so-trendy wooden clog. But there are certain heels you never see, those that are hidden in exclusive showrooms throughout the city. In these secret locations, young designers are crafting creative lines of limited edition pairs that cannot be found anywhere else. Let me welcome you to the underground world of the BA shoe.
When I crave a pair made of pure leather, decked out with chunky wooden heels, yet designed for comfort, I look no further than Vieja Ramos. With a passion for the alternative look, Luciana Ramos dedicates her heart and soul to creating platforms and heels for the bold and stylish woman. Think rocker chic, and you’ve got a pretty good idea what you’re in for. She currently offers a small line of limited edition pairs at street fairs and her Caballito apartment, and these shoes are well worth the trip. Lace-up, open-heel black leather platforms stand out as the star of her unique collection, but in addition to this daring pair, she also offers low heels made to contour your foot. The most prominent feature of every shoe is her combination of colors such as black, yellow, pink, and white to form the perfect complement for your stylish outfit.
For a more subtle, traditionally elegant look, try the colorful suede heels at Francisco DeLucca. In their debut collection currently on sale, you can find accents like blue bows and white buttons, all supported by a low platform. The fit of these heels is impeccable, as both designers studied architecture and have clearly translated their talent into the construction of a classic, feminine shoe. Their upcoming summer collection is all about fun and adventure, with a standout pair of leather, striped clogs that you must try on. It’s no wonder these emerging designers have nearly sold out their entire winter collection.
When I walked into the unassuming showroom of Pilo Magliano, I anticipated an undoubtedly fabulous collection, but I must say these shoes exceeded my highest expectations. If it’s creativity you want, you’ve come to the right place. Every pair I tried on was irresistibly flattering, and each one comes with a touch of something extra: a draping chain here, a little fringe there, and all made out of the highest quality materials.
As much as I loved this unique touch, for me the most notable feature of the collection is the mixture of fabrics and textures that combine perfectly to form your ideal shoe. I fell in love with a pair of low heels made of leather, blue suede, wood, raffia, and a silk bow that ties it all together. If these sound fantastic, imagine a round toe platform that can be worn three different ways through the addition of a reversible leather strap gifted by the designer. Now that’s worth the investment.
The variety of hidden shoe showrooms in Buenos Aires is practically endless, but these three outstanding lines stand out amongst the rest. Through their unbeatable creativity, attention to detail, and dedication to quality, a visit to these showrooms provides an unforgettable experience, not to mention a pair of shoes you’ll treasure forever.
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