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Created in the Menorcan countryside, the Avarcas have won the hearts and feet of people from all social classes. Although originally they were only but a Roman footwear used by the troops, due to its development in Menorca they have reached the feet of proud ambassadors of the island.
Throughout the history of the Menorcan people, there have been many illustrious figures who have seen in their design a practical ally of the summer days. One of the first was King Sancho of Pamplona, who did not find the necessary comfort and freedom in the palatial footwear to undertake the conquest of Pamplona, and ordered tailor-made avarcas. Legend has it that in his sandals he conquered the kingdom and earned the curious nickname of King Abarca.
After many centuries of evolution, the albarcas or abarcas, have become the kings of the Menorcan fields. Between harvests, the farmers themselves redesigned them, giving rise to what we know today as "Menorcan Avarcas", and the shoe industry of Menorca, recognized for its quality.
Here at Castell, we closely follow this tradition of refined, handmade construction; firstly to respect our history and secondly, because in the handmade construction of our avarcas and in the high quality of our products lies the key to continue creating sandals fit for kings
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