About us

La Manual was founded in 1940 before espadrilles were considered a type of fashion shoe. Before, sandals were considered a kind of footwear field, low-class, and a traditional shoe.  Workers and farmers previously used the espadrilles.

La Manual was the first espadrilles workshop in Barcelona that made fashion espadrilles. Up to twenty years after that, we were the only company that wore espadrille shoes in the fashion industry. 

A vingate picture of a model wearing an espadrille | La Manual Alpargatera  Espadrille Store in Barcelona | La Manual Alpargatera



Years later, some others (as in the seventies), start to do it too. Now all kinds of people consider espadrilles as a very fashionable piece.

La Manual Alpargatera handmade espadrilles storefront int Barcelona

 

 What is La Manual?

La Manual Alpargatera is the last authentic espadrille workshop that creates handmade espadrilles in Barcelona. It started just after the civil war combining an ancient craft tradition with cutting-edge trends in fashion of the time.

Traditional police uniform and espadrilles | La Manual Alpargatera

Today we made handmade espadrilles for everybody and even the traditional Gala Catalan police (dress uniform). 

Previously, La Manual was located near the Cathedral del Mar. Today the espadrille workshop, situated at Avinyo 7, is decorated with a delightful collection of traditional materials arranged according to the functionality of that era.

      

Customers find our espadrilles so comfortable that we have vintage espadrilles models from '40s and '50s that remain as some of our best sellers today. In our shop, you can buy espadrilles for womenespadrilles for men, and beautiful and comfortable to wear espadrilles for kids



The facade of the espadrille workshop became one of the most characteristic symbols of our City. Over time, the storefront design has been so symbolic that a customer who didn't know our address sent a letter with a drawing of the storefront, and it still arrived! (This was before Google!)

Espadrille Artisan Workshop Storefront | La Manual Alpargatera



La Manual Alpargatera, is the last espadrille workshop creating handmade espadrilles in Barcelona.


 A vintage picture of espadrilles  | La Manual Alpargatera Authentic Espadrille Store in Barcelona| La Manual Alpargatera  

   

Today, it is a must-stop for travelers in Barcelona and a preferred choice by locals as the espadrilles are comfortable, classic and authentic. We can support these words after having received numerous international awards and featured in prestigious fashion and lifestyle magazines like Vogue and Elle, to name a few.    
  Famous espadrille wall in Barcelona from La Manual alpargatera


Tyra Banks buying espadrilles in La Manual | La Manual Alpargatera