September 25, 2020 0 Comments

Have you heard the beautiful story of Emme’s Shoes? 


Our gorgeous little girls handmade Spanish Avarcas have a very special name and a very special purpose. They are Emme’s Shoe, created for and named after 5-year-old Emme - a courageous and beautiful little girl who is fighting a life-threatening brain tumour. Emme’s Shoes were first launched in 2019, with profits going towards the Children’s Tumour Foundation (CTF). 

Thanks to your incredible support we were able to donate close to $20,000 to the CTF from the sale of Emme’s Shoes, with an additional $10,000 won through the Westfield Local Hero program - a community program which recognises and rewards enrichment activities throughout the community.

Emme’s story, and Emme’s Shoes, have touched the hearts of so many people, and have sparked conversations of love and kindness throughout our PB family. They quickly became more than just a symbol of glittery gorgeousness; they became a symbol of hope, love and community.
And now we’re set to do it all again! You asked, and we’ve delivered!
Just in time for Spring/Summer, Emme’s shoes are set to arrive on our shores in the next few weeks! And here’s the super exciting bit – they will be available in 3 different glittery colours – the original Emme’s Rose Mocha Glitter, as well as Gold Glitter, and Green Glitter!  


Petit Barcelona Emmes Shoes Childrens avarcas in 3 glitter colours


Oh, my glittery goodness!!  
This year we are donating 20% of our proceeds from the sale of Emme’s Shoes to the wonderful charity Brainchild Foundation, who supported Emme and her family through the darkness of her chemo journey. You can read more about the work of the Brainchild Foundation here.
Emme’s Shoes will be available in-store and online from today but act quickly – these beautiful shoes will sell out before you can say pirouette!
With love and gratitude,
Lauren, Helios, and Zoe (Emme’s Mum) xx



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. We recommend you go with your standard size for normal flat soled shoes. For example if you are always a size 9 women´s then choose a women´s 9. If you are between sizes and have a wide foot choose a size up. 

Womens avarcas shoe size guide Petit Barcelona Spanish Menorca Sandals
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.

 Any further questions, please contact us via email at