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June 05, 2021 0 Comments

Calling all Vintage Lovers
The hunt for one-of-a-kind shoes

For years I had eyed off the wall of unique rolls of leather in our shoemakers studio in Menorca, Spain. Every year, on our annual visit to design new shoe styles and collection, I walked past the wall of textured, braided, and spectacular one of a kind leathers. Each time, stopping to run my hand over the leather rolls. Dreaming of shoes I could make with each piece. 

These leathers had been made more than 50 years ago and had been quietly enjoying a retirement for nearly a half a decade. To my absolute delight, we were granted permission to use whatever pieces we wanted.

A total designers dream come true.

The Petit Barcelona Vintage Collection was born. 

 Petit Barcelona Vintage Leather Collection


The Safari Collection

We have now released 5 collections of our iconic flat and wedge Spanish Avarca sandals using various vintage leathers. From the first Navy braided collection which sold out in 3 minutes, to metallic braided wedges, tan and black weaved leather flats and now textured animal style printed leather flats. 

Each collection is a limited edition, and unable to be repeated. Our customers, lucky enough to secure a pair online or in our Brisbane store in Camp Hill, write to us telling us they are their all time favourite. A piece of art which they treasure.  

¨These shoes are simply divine. From craftsmanship to comfort they are completely faultless and the vintage leather is so very special¨ - Paula

 

Petit Barcelona Flat Avarcas Snake Leather Vintage Collection
Snake Box Calf Leather Vintage Safari Collection - Flat Avarcas

 

Petit Barcelona's 'Safari Collection' comes in three textured box calf leathers - Snake, Croc and Giraffe all in our popular Flat Avarcas. The colours are beige, chocolate and caramel. Suitable for all seasons, outfits and occasions. 

 

Petit Barcelona Flat Avarcas Giraffe Leather Vintage Safari Collection
Giraffe Box Calf Leather Vintage Safari Collection - Flat Avarcas
 

Whilst we adhere to our strict guidelines of manufacturing our Avarca Spanish sandals in their truest form, handmade, with Spanish leathers, soles and materials, in the old fashioned - small batch way. We have taken them one step further by using leathers that have been unused for nearly half a century. Leathers from our shoemakers studio which have now been given a new lease on life. 

Petit Barcelona Flat Avarcas Croc Leather Vintage Safari Collection
Croc Box Calf Leather Vintage Safari Collection - Flat Avarcas 
 

Which ever you choose this season, these one-of-a kind comfy flat Spanish sandals, will fast become your go to, everyday shoe, and might perhaps be the start of your new shoe obsession. 

Previous Vintage Collections

 

Petit Barcelona Vintage Flat Avarca Sandals Collection 

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