Hola, we´re Helios and Lauren. Co-founders of Spanish shoe store, Petit Barcelona.
After meeting in Rio de Janeiro in 2010, we decided to throw caution to the wind, leave our homes on opposite sides of the world and embark on an endless Summer. Being from Barcelona and Brisbane, and not being able to decide where to ´settle´ we wanted to create a life where we could live and work in both countries to be able to see family and friends.
Between June to September we travel to Barcelona where we work closely with our extended Petit Barcelona family of artisan shoe makers. For the remainder of the year we are based in Brisbane where we operate our online store and flagship boutique in Camp Hill.
Now with two young children in tow, we continue to navigate this transient version of our life - one where we are truely living our own version of a slow yet sometimes hectic life in both cities, with both families, languages, cultures and opportunities.
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.
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 Fit - shop 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.
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).
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.
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.
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!
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 email@example.com