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It can all be a little overwhelming, the city may not be huge but the culture, activities, events, eateries etc. is vast. So we have taken it upon ourselves to amalgamate our local 12 years experience in the city via our blog. Whether you are planning on coming over for the festivals, want to find out vegan eats or general insider information, we will keep you in the loop.
La Manual Alpargatera – Espadrilles from Barcelona
La Manual Alparagatera
C/ Avinyó, 7
La Manual Alpargatera is a cross between an espadrille archive and a shoe shop and is located in Barrio Gótico. Pamphlets in worldwide languages translate the history of this charming monumental little store that opened just after the Spanish Civil War, in the 1940’s. Sure it is known amongst locals, but nowadays informed travellers frequent this store to top up on cotton covered shoes ladened with a rope or rubber sole, to add to their summer wardrobe.
You honestly can’t think of leaving Barcelona without picking up a pair of espadrilles and here are a few reasons why you should skip the main chains on the high street and visit. Firstly, you can buy a variety of traditional and modern styles, including those for men, women and children. Your eyes can’t escape from the colour pop on the walls of red, greens, blues, purple and more – providing a huge selection to choose from. When you purchase a pair it is like you’re parting with a little piece of history from this emblematic store, beautifully founded on a craftsman’s tradition and prices start at just 10 euros. It is certainly good enough for us!
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