Our shoes are designed and hand crafted by the well known family of artisan shoemakers, Torres on the Spanish island of Menorca, in the Balearic Islands. Helios, who has worked in the footwear industry in Barcelona for 20 years was introduced to the Torres family as the best shoemakers in Spain.
Grandfather José, 94 and his seven children, run one of the longest running shoe manufacturers on Menorca. Each pair of shoes passes through each member of the family through their creation. From José cutting the leathers to his children sewing and boxing up the shoes bound for Australia.
The family´s attention to detail and passion is second to none. Their craftmanship so high that they are recognised as one of 10 shoe manufacturers in Menorca to be certified by the Menorcan Government to make and sell the original avarca sandals.
Together we work with Torres family to design and produce the original Spanish leather avarca sandals as well as new styles exclusive to Petit Barcelona. We visit their studio yearly, and we consider them family and an instrumental part of our business.
Each shoe has been designed to be worn with comfort and ease. We are proud to be making so many women happier, bringing them a little piece of our traditional Spain to Australia and beyond every day.
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. Have a watch below to see Lauren answer some of these questions, and read on to learn a little more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Alot of people who can´t wear backstraps 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 backstrap is falling, you may need to go down a size.
But don’t despair, our desire for the perfect fit is supported by our generous returns policy.
Petit Barcelona owner, Lauren, fills us in on all of the differences between each of the styles - Flat Avarcas, Platform Avarcas, Wedge Espadrilles in the videos below! Have a listen, and if you have any further questions, let us know via email firstname.lastname@example.org
We offer free returns on your first pair of shoes.
To get the returns process started, email us at Returns@petitbarcelona.com and let us know your order number and what you´d like to return or pop into our boutique store at Camp Hill.