May 23, 2024
Where To Find The Perfect Summer Sandal In Mallorca
- By
Olivia Oostmeijer
Where To Find The Perfect Summer Sandal In Mallorca
May 23, 2024
by
Olivia Oostmeijer
Where To Find The Perfect Summer Sandal In Mallorca
May 23, 2024
by
Olivia Oostmeijer
Where To Find The Perfect Summer Sandal In Mallorca
May 23, 2024
- By
Olivia Oostmeijer
Where To Find The Perfect Summer Sandal In Mallorca
May 23, 2024
- By
Olivia Oostmeijer
Where To Find The Perfect Summer Sandal In Mallorca
May 23, 2024
- By
Olivia Oostmeijer
Monge Handmade Sandal, Photo courtesy of Monge
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andals are summer essentials in Mallorca – if not for most of the year. Yes, the weather has much to do with the choice of having a casual open-toed accessory on your feet, but there is also a long tradition in the Balearics with sandal production. Across the island, it's common to see the espadrille, alpargata, and abarca, which originated as practical footwear for peasants, workers, fishermen, and even stone shooters back in the day. Made from local materials like leather and jute, these shoes were designed to meet the daily demands of island life. Over centuries, these simple yet sturdy designs have evolved into some of the most popular footwear on the island. Today, they are highly sought after and produced by prominent shoe brands that have established strong reputations in the industry. Here are some key names to look for when looking for that perfect sandal on the island:

Castañer

Castañer, a distinguished footwear brand, epitomises the rich heritage of artisanal craftsmanship in Mallorca and the broader Balearic Islands. Renowned for its iconic espadrilles, Castañer combines traditional techniques with a modern aesthetic, offering a range of stylish wedges, flats, and sandals. The brand, which originated in 1927, revolutionised the fashion world by transforming the humble espadrille into a high-fashion staple after collaborating with Yves Saint Laurent in the 1970s. Models, actors, aristocrats, and artists have worn Castaner espadrilles, like Marilyn Monroe and Salvador Dali, to name a few. Today, Castañer remains a testament to the enduring allure and quality of Mediterranean craftsmanship, continuing to operate from its base in Spain and exporting its designs worldwide.

La Portegna

La Portegna, a brand celebrated for its handcrafted leather shoes and accessories, embodies the spirit of Spanish craftsmanship and sustainable fashion. Established with a commitment to traditional techniques, the brand boasts a product range that includes elegantly designed flip-flops and espadrilles, popular among both men and women. Rooted in a philosophy of natural beauty and functionality, La Portegna prioritises materials like vegetable-tanned leather and jute, ensuring durability and timeless style. Their offerings are conscientiously produced in Spain, reflecting a deep respect for artisanal heritage. 

La Portegna Boutique, Palma (and opening image)

Act Series

Act Series, founded in 2013, is a high-end shoe brand that bridges Mallorca's artisanal craftsmanship with Berlin's minimalist style. The brand is known for its meticulously handcrafted espadrilles, boots, and loafers, which reflect a blend of Mediterranean origins and Nordic aesthetics. Committed to sustainable practices, Act Series utilises natural dyes and locally sourced materials to produce footwear designed for both comfort and durability. This philosophy extends across their women’s and men’s lines, emphasising simplicity and elegance. Shopping is available only through their online store. 

Monge

MONGE, based in the old town of Palma, is a distinguished brand known for its expertly handcrafted shoes that reflect the island’s rich tradition in leather craftsmanship. Started by Pedro Monge, a former journalist with a passion for fashion and shoes, Monge specialises in classic styles such as loafers, derby, and oxford shoes, as well as elegant sandals. Merging timeless designs with modern sensibilities, each pair is made using high-quality materials, ensuring both comfort and style. The brand's commitment to artisanal techniques and premium quality has positioned it as a notable name in the luxury footwear market and an iconic Made in Mallorca name. 

Lottusse

Lottusse, established in 1877 in Inca, Mallorca by Mestre Antoni Fluxá, is a heritage-rich brand known for its meticulous craftsmanship in shoemaking. Over generations, Lottusse has perfected techniques such as the Goodyear welting process which takes about four days, and is renowned for enhancing the durability, comfort, and weather resistance of its shoes. By 1891, there were five leather factories and eleven Lottusse workshops dotted around Inca, and today the brand continues to improve and perfect its products every year. Lottusse combines historical legacy with technical innovation and modern design to produce high-quality footwear. Their commitment to craftsmanship and quality makes them a prominent figure in the luxury shoe market.

Toni Pons 

Founded by Antoni Pons Parramon, Toni Pons has been a staple in the Spanish footwear industry since 1946, renowned for its artisanal espadrilles and modern interpretations of classic styles. The brand prides itself on sustainability, using natural materials like jute and canvas, and each collection reflects a commitment to comfort, fashion, and quality, making Toni Pons a popular choice across generations. They work according to the following principles: “a job well done, common sense and projecting warmth, honesty and social credibility” Embracing its roots in Osor, Catalonia, the brand continues to innovate while staying true to its heritage of craftsmanship. Jordi Pons has been running the brand since 2016, and it is now in the hands of the family’s third generation.

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