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The first avarcas were crafted in the 19th century on the Mediterranean island of Menorca, Spain. Menorca's farmers spent all day on their feet and needed to keep them dry while working, they crafted the first pairs with waxed thread and a piece of leather. The first avarca sandals looked like the image below.
With the appearance of the first cars in the 20th century, the original design evolved into a more comfortable shoe by reinforcing the sole with a piece of a car tire, making these sandals anti-slip and resistant to humidity.
Since then Avarcas have grown in popularity across the world and have become a referent due to their casual yet stylish design.
Avarcas 101 are artisan-made on the same island, Menorca, where we honor the tradition and heritage of the first avarca sandals by slowly handcrafting them paying the utmost attention to each and every detail. This is why our sandals are timeless and very comfortable.
Our team of artisans has learned their craft from their parents and grandparents. Each pair is carefully handmade using techniques that have been passed down from generation to generation. Watch how we make them below:
WHAT MAKES AVARCAS 101 DIFFERENT FROM THE REST?
The growing demand and popularity of this type of shoe led to other brands to mass-produce similar sandals with leather that comes from China, India or Russia. Those shoes will over-stretch and won’t last as long.
We use exclusive and premium local leather and other top-quality natural and recycled materials, including a soft leather lining to avoid potential allergies and leather staining your feet when sweat.
Our commitment to craftsmanship, premium materials, and sustainable and ethical production makes Avarcas 101 the go-to sandals for women who seek eco-friendly casual and comfortable footwear.