September 27, 2020 0 Comments

It’s OFFICIAL. Our Petit Barcelona Spanish sandals - or PB’s as we say in la familia PB - are ranking up there as the BEST Australian summer sandals! It’s in marie claire Australia! (Can someone pass the

Petit Barcelona seen in marie claire best sandal in australia


Let's be honest - we’ve known this for eons. Our customers have known this for eons. But now the whole of Australia knows it too!

Thanks to a stunning write up of our gorgeous handcrafted Spanish sandals in Marie Claire, by Sukriti Wahi, we have so many new faces who have joined us in our love of Petit Barcelona, and we couldn’t be more thrilled.

Here’s what marie claire had to say:

"Based out of Brisbane and the Catalan capital, Petit Barcelona is one of the few shoe brands creating and selling authentic Spanish avarca sandals in Australia. Handmade for generations on the island of Menorca by an esteemed family of artisanal shoemakers, the brand offers an array of flat, platform and wedge Menorquinas crafted out of soft, supple leathers in seasonal hues."

And they’re right - we are, we do, and we KNOW!

Here at Petit Barcelona, we create the most stylish and authentically stunning handmade Avarcas (also known as Menorquinas).

We do not mass produce. We create each shoe slowly...

with Mediterranean soul...

and unparalleled comfort and quality.

Our customers travel far and wide to stand and luxuriate in the beauty of our Petit Barcelona boutique store. They set their watches from the likes of New York, Hong Kong, and Dubai to be the first to click ‘BUY’ as our limited edition and vintage Avarcas hit the virtual shelves.

The love is strong.   

And now the steady buzz of chatter and excitement from our customers has caught the attention of the forever stylish team at Marie Claire - which means more satisfied customers and more Spanish sandal love.

Be still our beating hearts.

If you’d like to own this year’s BEST AUSTRALIAN SANDALS as recommended by oodles of customers (and marie claire!) visit us here at Petit Barcelona.

Let’s all step out of 2020 and into the longed-for new year with effortless comfort and style.

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