The Story Behind the Shoe: Riudavets’ Avarca Sandal

The tradition of Menorca’s Avarca sandal is kept alive and well by Riudavets.

The Spanish-based Riudavets footwear brand was founded in the late 1920s by Bep de Binixems, who left behind his work as a laborer on a Menorcan farm to learn the craft of shoemaking.

Today, the third-generation of his family continues to produce the region’s traditional Avarca slip-on sandal, characterized by its wide open-toe front piece and back strap.

Their team of artisans use a handcrafted approach that utilizes recycled tire-rubber soles, soft suede linings and premium Spanish leather uppers.

The line includes beautifully rustic, yet durable, styles for men, women and kids, that come in a rainbow of colors, from neutrals like black, brown and white to trendy metallics. One of its newer looks is this woven black-and-white style that puts a modern spin on a centuries-old silhouette.

All adult sandals retail for $90, while the kids’ styles are priced at $60. Here in the U.S., the label is available online at Riudavetsusa.com, as well as at boutiques around the country, including Canada’s Gravity Pope and Opening Ceremony in New York and L.A.

But Riudavets isn’t the only company inspired by Menorca’s shoe traditions. Labels like Solillas and Avarcas also offer similar minimalist silhouettes.

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