30 Jan Preorders will be despatched within the next 5 business days

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. We recommend you go with your standard size.

Narrow Fit - shop the standard fit collection and choose your standard size. If you are between sizes, go down a size. The best leathers for a narrow fit and thin achilles is to choose the thicker Nubuck leathers which will provide more support. 

Standard Fitshop the standard fit collection and choose your standard size. All of the leathers in the range will suit your feet.

Slightly Wide Fit - shop the standard fit collection and choose a leather that will give and mould to your foot shape - suede's and box calf leathers. It is also recommended that you try the New Wide Fit Collection as these will also provide the width you need. 

Wide "D" Fit - shop the NEW Wide Fit Collection if your feet are traditionally wider than standard (see further information below). Available in a selection of Flat Avarcas and Platform Avarcas - Shop here. Stick with your standard size as we have made the width slightly larger to accommodate the extra width room you require. 


Need an extra wide fit?

Love our shoes but find that the width isn’t wide enough? Then our NEW Wide Fit Collection is for you. 

Introducing our new Collection of Flat Avarcas and Platform Avarcas in a wider “D’” fitting size. Our first drop comes in our best selling Almond Nubuck, Black Suede and Metallic Braided Champagne Box Calf in both Flats and Platforms. 

How does the Wide Fit Collection work?

Our Wide Fit Collection is essentially the same standard fit length, but the width is wider than your standard fit. 

If you are normally a size 38 in length but a wide fit, most of the time you would have sized up to a 39 to accommodate the extra width needed. By going up a size, it often left you with a little too much room at the back of the shoes.

To check if our New Wide Fit Collection is perfect for you, please consult our size guide below (the column on the far right - Wide Fit Width - CM).

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. 

If your shoes are too tight across the top of your feet, or your toes are pinching, then the NEW Wide Fit Collection of Flats and Platforms will be perfect for you. 

Simply shop the available Wide Fit Collection here


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 customerservice@petitbarcelona.com