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La Manual Alpargatera is tradition and artisan style. Timeless design. Sustainable footwear, natural materials. Handmade in Barcelona.

La Manual Alpargatera handmade espadrilles storefront int Barcelona

In 1940 on Calle Brosolí, a daring Catalan entrepreneur acquired a small espadrille workshop, which in 1941 she moved to Avinyó street in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona, ​​becoming La Manual Alpargatera.

Mrs. Emilia had the idea to change the perspective of the espadrille, and take it to another level. In 1943, the espadrilles from La Manual Alpargatera had established themselves as a fashion accessory and were on the catwalks of the most renowned designers in Barcelona at that time.


At the end of the 70s, Mrs. Emila called Juana Martinez, who was her right hand in her project, so that she would take charge of La Manual Alpargatera and maintain the essence of the brand. Thus, from 1980, La Manual Alpargatera begins a new story with the Tasies Martinez family.

Authentic Espadrille Store in Barcelona| La Manual Alpargatera

Famous espadrille wall in Barcelona from La Manual alpargatera

The facade of the espadrille workshop became a characteristic symbol of our city. Over time, the storefront design has been so well known that a customer who didn't know our address sent a letter with a drawing of the storefront, and it still arrived!

Today, it is a must-stop for travelers in Barcelona and a preferred choice by locals due to their comfort and authenticity.