La Manual Alpargatera was the first workshop to make “fashion espadrilles”. By applying heels and other elements converted a low class popular shoe only used for work, in a “fashionable” fantasy, in 1940. Since 1941 it has been in its current location, being nowadays an icon of the city, and the last handmade espadrilles in Barcelona. La Manual Alpargatera is the only espadrille brand MADE IN BARCELONA, and you can still see staff doing them handmade live at the store in front of the public. Although lately they have opened multiple espadrille stores, the only one with a workshop that keeps making them by hand in Barcelona, is La Manual Alpargatera.