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February 15, 2018
Labouring the land in a sunny island has never been an easy task. To do this, labourers in the 19th century, invented a shoe optimised for their hard work. With nothing else to hand they used the fabric of broken bags because it is breathable and stays fresh, another example of the Menorcan sense of ingenuity and sustainability. With the arrival of the first motorised vehicles, they found a further way of perfecting their creation: the use of old tyres to make a solid and rugged sole. Thanks to the rubber, their suffering feet stayed protected from rocks, weeds and sharp twigs. This combination completed the evolution of the avarca as we know it today, thus maintaining its practical and humble essence though with an added ergonomic design.
Castell stands for a long lineage of shoemakers. A united family which started an artisanal workshop in which its members although at times lacking in technological knowhow put their mind and spirit in cutting, sewing and assembling. From its origins on the boundaries of a rural estate to the numerous presence with wholly owned shops in and out of Menorca , Castell’s unadulterated passion for the Mediterranean lifestyle is clearly proven, be it expressed through its avarcas or its flourishing new lines of self designed footwear.
One of the differential characteristics of Castell is its commitment to the artisan tradition. More than thirty years after its founding, the company still respects many of the manufacturing techniques which have distinguished its products over the past three decades. While technology helps support our growing production, it by no means replaces the delicate processes which only human hands can perform to satisfy the high standards set by our founders. The care with which each Castell item is crafted is complemented by the careful selection of materials and the meticulously laid details of each model. And all of this while pursuing the highest possible quality, a basic pillar of our reason for being.
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