We’ve had some successful shoe excursions in abroad. At La Manual Alpargatera in Barcelona, Spain we found espadrilles that are so comfortable you can hike around Montserrat monastery in them. In Helsinki, Finland we discovered quirky sneakers by Minna Parikka decorated with everything from rubber duckies to dazzling sequins. Our new favorite hunting ground for cool kicks is Buenos Aires, Argentina. Gretaflora is one of the high heel boutiques in the the swanky Recoleta neighborhood that is worth checking out.
Buenos Aires should be a no brainer as far as epic shoe shopping is concerned. Argentina is the birthplace of tango, so of course it ought to be a wonderful place for finding amazing shoes. Shoes in Argentina aren’t just show ponies, they’re made to move. Flexible soles, varying heel heights and strong support are just a few of the features you’ll find in tango shoes.
Argentinian designers Greta Santolalla and Florencia Méndez Christie have been crafting cheery hued heels at Gretaflora since 2003.
In addition to legit tango shoes for women, they also make handmade dance shoes for men, casual options for women and high heels for weddings.
One of our favorite things about Gretaflora was spying the wall full of shoe accessories behind the cash register.
Clearly we have a passion for all things fashion. Curious about some of the other crazy heels and shoe boutiques we’ve discovered around the globe? Here are a few of our favorite shoe finds in the world.
For $450.00 Argentine pesos (or about $10.00) you can bling out your shoes to your heart’s desire.
The bows and floral designs work similarly to clip on earrings. You can mix and match the designs, place them on the front of shoes or strategically pop them on an ankle strap.
We loved that in a matter of seconds (and for a significantly lower cost than investing in a new pair of heels) you can give your shoes a whole new vibe.
Gretaflora ships internationally via its website, so you can get your hands on their hot heels without hopping a flight to the tango capital of the world.
Address: Uruguay 1295
C1016ACE Buenos Aires, Argentina
Hours: Monday Through Friday 11:00am to 8:00pm, Saturday 11:00am to 2:00pm
Phone: (54 11) 4811-8249
Pricing (All in Argentine Pesos): Tango High Heels $2,950.00 to $6,950.00, Bridal Shoes $3,500.00 to $7,500.00, Shoes for Men $4,950.00
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