October 22, 2020 0 Comments

Gelati - a Mediterranean summer ritual, and the inspiration behind our latest Summer Sandal Collection

Call it what you will - gelati, gelato, helado - the fact remains that we're missing this delectable Spanish treat this summer! For our family, it's not a trip to Spain without our evening walks along the esplanade, with a gelati in hand to combat the heat.

For us, Spanish life means waking from siesta, stretching into the warmth of the evening, and gently edging towards a night of food, family and laughter.

 But first comes gelati. Every time.

 “Before dinner?” I hear you ask.

Si, si, and why not? Life is precious, life is beautiful, life is short. Eat the gelati first.

In fact, our latest range of traditional handmade Menorca sandals were inspired by Spain’s most delicious gelati, or helado. The colours, the feelings, the memories of our gelati meanderings, were all poured with love into our most recent offering. 

And the result? A feminine summer sandal. A gelati range of perfection.


Petit Barcelona Coral Nubuck Flat Avarcas Spanish Sandal Gelati Collection Spain

Coral Nubuck Flat Avarcas

Petit Barcelona's 'Gelati Collection' comes in all three of our popular styles - Flat Avarcas, Platform Avarcas, and Wedges. The colours are divine - fresh, summery, and delicious - Lilac, Coral, Mint, and Metallic Champagne. We challenge you to choose just one to adore!

Petit Barcelona Lilac Nubuck Flat Avarcas Spanish Sandals
Lilac Nubuck Flat Avarcas


While we can't physically walk the streets of Spain just yet, our wandering hearts will remember and wait quietly for the moment when our dreams can become plans... and in the meantime, we asked one of our wonderful customers to do the meandering for us, and to send a pic! (Gracias Maja! Qué Hermosa!)

Petit Barcelona Metallic Champagne Platform Avarcas Gelati
Metallic Champagne Platform Avarcas


Wherever you may be this Summer, may the shoes on your feet bring you as much comfort and joy as our gelati musings! And, if you do happen to find yourself in Spain, get thee to an ice-creamery and think of us... thinking of you!

Here are some of our faves:

1. Vivi's Ibiza Gelato

2. Rocambolesc

3. Parallelo

4. il rolliNo by Xiu

5. Viccio Heladeria

You're welcome!

Petit Barcelona Mint Nubuck Platform Avarcas Gelati Collection
Mint Nubuck Platform Avarcas at Viccio Gelateria, Ibiza
Images by: Maja at @TravelPalma https://travelpalma.net/




Getting the right fit
Petit Barcelona Fit Guide


We often talk instore about the perfect fit. What we’re looking for, how it should feel, and how to overcome any niggly foot problems you may be having. 

So, we asked Lauren, owner of Petit Barcelona, to sit down and answer a few questions that we’re asked regularly. Questions around fit, leathers and care of our sandals. 

How do I find my size?

The first thing you need to consider when buying a pair of Spanish sandals is the length of your foot. The length, not the width, of your foot will determine your size.

Petit Barcelona Shoe Size Guide Women
Petit Barcelona Shoe Size Guide Children

Does width matter?

Our Spanish sandals are made from the highest quality Spanish leathers, and will gently soften and mould to the shape of your foot. This will happen whether you have a narrow foot or a wide foot. Our Avarcas will give only as much as they need to.

Tip: to speed up this process you can wear them around the house with a pair of socks (or two!).

While our Avarcas are made to a standard size some leathers will better suit narrow or wide feet. 


My shoes have arrived and are feeling very snug, is this ok?

It sure is! We want them to feel a little snug across the front of your foot! This is the part that will soften and mould to your foot with wear.

If your feet are within the stitching on the insole of the shoe you have the right size. Long toes may peep through the front of the shoe, others may not. This is a normal variance.

If the shoe feels a little snug but you’re not experiencing actual pain, you have the right size.


The back straps are quite loose or won´t stay up. Is this the right fit?

Your back straps should sit firm on your heels. They will naturally fall to the widest part of your heel as they wear in. They will at first feel like they might fall off, but they won´t completely. If your straps are gaping, or sliding up and down as you walk, but your length is fine, then our shoes are not the right fit for your heel shape.  

Many people who can´t wear back straps normally, choose our Platform Avarcas or Wedge Espadrilles, as the incline of the shoe means that the back strap stays up higher than the Flat Avarcas. 


Should my toes be visible or not?

As all feet are different shapes, the length of your toes are too. Whether or not your toes are visible is not an indication that your shoes fit or not. We like to think that when you haven´t had a pedicure, our shoes hide a multitude of sins! 


I don’t think I have the right size. What should I do?

If your Spanish Avarcas are snug to the point of pain you may need to go up a size. If your foot is within the stitching but the back strap is falling, you may need to go down a size.

But don’t despair, our desire for the perfect fit is supported by our generous returns policy. 


Easy, hassle free returns & exchanges!

We offer free returns on your first pair of shoes.

To get the returns process started, email us at Returns@petitbarcelona.com and let us know your order number and what you´d like to return or pop into our boutique store at Camp Hill.