When you hear the word “fashion”, the first countries that may come to your mind are Italy and France. Sometimes we unreasonably forget Spain has a lot more to offer than paellas. After all, we all know Zara, Mango and Massimo Dutti, and no Massimo Dutti is not an Italian brand, it is indeed Spanish. We could go on and on, from Pacco Rabanne to Rebeca Sanver, but here we are to talk about some specific shoes made in Menorca called Avarca. Every woman who watched at least two episodes of the famous Sex and the city series knows Manolo Bhlanik. Well, Avarcas—Menorcan sandals—are the Manolo Blahnik from the Baleares.
Menorcan sandals – shoes that made Menorca famous
Shoes, shoes, shoes. In every women’s wardrobe, the key ingredients are shoes. Some prefer it simple, some elegant, high heels, low heels, boots, snickers, you name it. But all of them have something in common; when the summer heat strikes, they want them light and airy. And that is the winning recipe of Menorcan sandals. Once you wear them, you’ll quickly realize why they are such a big hit. A rainbow of different Avarcas will make every woman go crazy.
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History of Menorcan sandals - Avarcas
Now, let's see how the story of Menorcan sandals began. Origins of these remarkable shoes go a long way. And there is a story behind it. They say that first buyers of Menorcan sandals were the slingers who were in service of Carthaginian Hannibal when he battled the Romans. Until many years later Menorcan sandals were working footwear of the peasants who worked the land since the footwear is very substantial, but at the same time comfortable and flexible.
At first Menorcan sandals were made out of leather, but as the time went by they changed the material. In the early 20th century the material of Avarcas became tire rubber. Tire rubber was considered to be more appropriate since it is a more robust and flexible than leather, it doesn't slip, and it lasts longer, plus it is indeed moisture resistant. So, in a nutshell, Menorcan sandals were initially designed to protect peasants’ feet from rocky fields and heat. Some of the locals still wear them when working on their land—even today. But how did they come to the fashion runways of the world?
Menorcan sandals—a must-have
Farmers still wear Menorcan sandals throughout the Balearics, but nowadays Menorca shoes have become a must-have in every women's wardrobe. Their looks have not changed so much. The soles still look robust—like they are made of car tyre rubber—, however, nowadays Menorcan sandals are much much lighter in weight than the original sandals with car tyre sole.
Over the years, Avarcas became so popular that are now sold all over the world. Here we have to thank tourists who took them as their own. Menorcan sandals are now sold in every colour possible. You can choose from many different styles; Some are hand-painted with various designs, others are designed in neutral colours or subtle prints. You can choose between platforms, small heels or flats—whatever suits you best. There is at least one pair for every taste. But to be honest, when you’ll cross this Menorca sandal heaven, it will be very difficult to pick just one pair.
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Where to find Menorcan sandals
Now that you know almost everything about Menorcan sandals it is time you buy them for yourself.
Since these shoes are now sold all over the world, you can find them almost everywhere. But if you are heading to Menorca, you cannot miss the opportunity to take an original hand-made pair of Avarcas home. Finding them is easy. But take our advice, you must first visit MIBO.
MIBO is a famous brand name, and you just have to visit this factory. There you'll be able to see the process, how the Menorcan sandals are being made. Afterward, you can stop by their shop and shoe-shop. We promise you won’t leave that place with just one pair of Menorcan sandals. Even if you’ll brace yourself and pick just one pair for yourself, most probably you’ll buy another one for your child and one pair for your loved one.
But even otherwise in Menorca, you won't have any troubles finding the perfect store for your brand new Avarcas. The shops are everywhere. You can choose between tourists’ shops or outlet stores, Avarcas are the shoe of Menorca. Ciutadella or Mahon are maybe the best cities to shop Menorcan sandals. Besides, starting the shoe-shopping there will allow you to enjoy some stunning old-town cobbled streets and plazas where you can test your new buy right away.
If you want to research your Avaracas possibilities before you head down to Menorca and buy yourself a pair of Menorcan sandals, you can do some research online. Visit www.avarcas.com or www.avarcastore.com where you’ll find what Menorca has to offer. You can choose from woman shoes, sandals for men, and you can even buy a pair for your child. If you subscribe to their newsletter, Avaracastore offers you a 10% discount for your first purchase. And who doesn’t like that, right? ;)
History of Spanish fashion
Now let us take a quick peek into the history of Spanish fashion.
At the beginning of the 16th century, the Spanish fashion was liberated from the Moorish elements and gained independence. In the second half of the 16th century, Spain became an economic and political force in Europe. Out of the colonies on the newly discovered American continent, there came a vast wealth, which also affected the personal wealth of the population and the luxurious fashion.
Despite announcements of limiting luxuries that were repeated many times, the rich Spaniards found it difficult to resist expensive materials with gold-plated materials. This leads to the appearance that the authorities ultimately give up the implementation of strict provisions on dressing and leave everyone to dress according to their abilities. And this may result in shoes made for farmers that how now become a big fashion hit.
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