It seemed that the shoemaking profession had been condemned to making repairs and alterations following the rise of mass production chains. Nevertheless, over the last few years, the profession has entered a new era, thanks to new generations of footwear artisans who are mainly found around Mallorca and some areas on the east Mediterranean coast, and have become well-established in the business of producing handmade and modern footwear. Words such as shoetree, gouger, shoe horns, hinges, and files are once again being heard among the creators of fashionable footwear.

The name ‘Mallorca’ is associated with the best master shoemakers, an industry focused on products and high quality craftwork, that has been especially devised for people who know just how important feet are. The shoes are created and produced on the island, however they are on display and requested by the best boutiques in Europe and across the world.

Carmina Shoemaker is one of the longest running businesses in the sector to be found on the island and their shoes are produced in the city of Inca. The company is the continuation of a family legacy of producing handmade footwear that goes back four generations to 1866 in the Albaladejo family. Their creative director, Marlene Albaladejo, states that the brand was set up with the intention of creating some of the best handmade shoes in the world. “We pride ourselves on the honesty of our work, maximum quality, a fair price, local production and the quest for excellence”, she outlines.

For Carmina Shoemaker feet are everything: “We respect and look after feet with all of the care they deserve. They are the parts that support the rest of the body. Before designing a shoe we spend time studying and building the shoe last; it is an essential part of the process, the most important part for us”, remarks Marlene.

A UNIQUE PAIR OF SHOES

Each pair of shoes is made with real dedication, and true craft, with every little detail from beginning to end taken care of. Marlene Albaladejo explains: “We choose the best leather, we study the patterns meticulously, we mould the shoe lasts until we find the perfect harmony between appearance and ergonomics. We then cut the shoes by hand, one by one, and we assemble them step by step, with a team of workers who have savoir-faire and an exceptional enthusiasm for their work. The result is, without doubt, a unique pair of shoes”. Another benchmark firm is George’s, and their shoes are also produced in Inca. The company’s story begins in 1967 with Jordi Coll. The company is currently headed up by Aurora Coll, part of the family’s third generation of shoemakers and the second of manufacturers.

“We believe that handmade products are more than products, there is creativity, craft, technique, love, and they are unique due to human imperfections” states Aurora Coll who believes the shoes “give off an air of excellence and talent, with impeccable proportions and stylised lines”. However, what is the key behind it all? Aurora answers: “The key knowledge consists of knowing how to adapt real measurements to a good cut that turns out attractive to look out and comfortable to wear. That was Jordi Coll’s mantra and George’s raison d’être” which is summarised through passion, heritage and knowledge, “techniques from other generations that we want to preserve, and we especially want to ensure everything is handmade”, states Coll.

METICULOUS ATTENTION TO DETAIL.

George’s classic shoe lasts and traditional methods allow them to play around with a traditional image while having the license to innovate and work with more modern materials. “George’s is a slightly anarchic way of understanding fashion and our ‘Made to Order’ could not be any different. The meticulous attention to detail and the materials used show that we want to offer a product that is special and different”, clarifies Aurora Coll. “George’s shoes are full of nuances that age at the same time as the wearer, they are witnesses to other eras and last a lifetime”.

When producing shoes, George’s uses a non-mechanised supplyline, and so its artisans delight in creating every shoe, as they change details and make suggestions about unique and one-off versions. “The artisan is entirely responsible for carrying out the designer’s proposal, and achieving it by using meticulously chosen materials from the required range in order to create a high-end product; we depend entirely on their expertise and know how. Our artisans also provide excellent guidance to future artists”, concludes Aurora.

Also to be found of the island is the Meermin workshop, another footwear company, founded in 2001 using the traditions of four generations of shoemakers, and specialising in handmade footwear with goodyear stitching. Their aim is to produce high quality shoes at a reasonable price, this is achieved through both their production and distribution methods as they use no middle-men.

It seemed that the shoemaking profession had been condemned to making repairs and alterations following the rise of mass production chains. Nevertheless, over the last few years, the profession has entered a new era, thanks to new generations of footwear artisans who are mainly found around Mallorca and some areas on the east Mediterranean coast, and have become well-established in the business of producing handmade and modern footwear. Words such as shoetree, gouger, shoe horns, hinges, and files are once again being heard among the creators of fashionable footwear.

The name ‘Mallorca’ is associated with the best master shoemakers, an industry focused on products and high quality craftwork, that has been especially devised for people who know just how important feet are. The shoes are created and produced on the island, however they are on display and requested by the best boutiques in Europe and across the world.

Carmina Shoemaker is one of the longest running businesses in the sector to be found on the island and their shoes are produced in the city of Inca. The company is the continuation of a family legacy of producing handmade footwear that goes back four generations to 1866 in the Albaladejo family. Their creative director, Marlene Albaladejo, states that the brand was set up with the intention of creating some of the best handmade shoes in the world. “We pride ourselves on the honesty of our work, maximum quality, a fair price, local production and the quest for excellence”, she outlines.

For Carmina Shoemaker feet are everything: “We respect and look after feet with all of the care they deserve. They are the parts that support the rest of the body. Before designing a shoe we spend time studying and building the shoe last; it is an essential part of the process, the most important part for us”, remarks Marlene.

A UNIQUE PAIR OF SHOES

Each pair of shoes is made with real dedication, and true craft, with every little detail from beginning to end taken care of. Marlene Albaladejo explains: “We choose the best leather, we study the patterns meticulously, we mould the shoe lasts until we find the perfect harmony between appearance and ergonomics. We then cut the shoes by hand, one by one, and we assemble them step by step, with a team of workers who have savoir-faire and an exceptional enthusiasm for their work. The result is, without doubt, a unique pair of shoes”. Another benchmark firm is George’s, and their shoes are also produced in Inca. The company’s story begins in 1967 with Jordi Coll. The company is currently headed up by Aurora Coll, part of the family’s third generation of shoemakers and the second of manufacturers.

“We believe that handmade products are more than products, there is creativity, craft, technique, love, and they are unique due to human imperfections” states Aurora Coll who believes the shoes “give off an air of excellence and talent, with impeccable proportions and stylised lines”. However, what is the key behind it all? Aurora answers: “The key knowledge consists of knowing how to adapt real measurements to a good cut that turns out attractive to look out and comfortable to wear. That was Jordi Coll’s mantra and George’s raison d’être” which is summarised through passion, heritage and knowledge, “techniques from other generations that we want to preserve, and we especially want to ensure everything is handmade”, states Coll.

METICULOUS ATTENTION TO DETAIL.

George’s classic shoe lasts and traditional methods allow them to play around with a traditional image while having the license to innovate and work with more modern materials. “George’s is a slightly anarchic way of understanding fashion and our ‘Made to Order’ could not be any different. The meticulous attention to detail and the materials used show that we want to offer a product that is special and different”, clarifies Aurora Coll. “George’s shoes are full of nuances that age at the same time as the wearer, they are witnesses to other eras and last a lifetime”.

When producing shoes, George’s uses a non-mechanised supplyline, and so its artisans delight in creating every shoe, as they change details and make suggestions about unique and one-off versions. “The artisan is entirely responsible for carrying out the designer’s proposal, and achieving it by using meticulously chosen materials from the required range in order to create a high-end product; we depend entirely on their expertise and know how. Our artisans also provide excellent guidance to future artists”, concludes Aurora.

Also to be found of the island is the Meermin workshop, another footwear company, founded in 2001 using the traditions of four generations of shoemakers, and specialising in handmade footwear with goodyear stitching. Their aim is to produce high quality shoes at a reasonable price, this is achieved through both their production and distribution methods as they use no middle-men.It seemed that the shoemaking profession had been condemned to making repairs and alterations following the rise of mass production chains. Nevertheless, over the last few years, the profession has entered a new era, thanks to new generations of footwear artisans who are mainly found around Mallorca and some areas on the east Mediterranean coast, and have become well-established in the business of producing handmade and modern footwear. Words such as shoetree, gouger, shoe horns, hinges, and files are once again being heard among the creators of fashionable footwear.

The name ‘Mallorca’ is associated with the best master shoemakers, an industry focused on products and high quality craftwork, that has been especially devised for people who know just how important feet are. The shoes are created and produced on the island, however they are on display and requested by the best boutiques in Europe and across the world.

Carmina Shoemaker is one of the longest running businesses in the sector to be found on the island and their shoes are produced in the city of Inca. The company is the continuation of a family legacy of producing handmade footwear that goes back four generations to 1866 in the Albaladejo family. Their creative director, Marlene Albaladejo, states that the brand was set up with the intention of creating some of the best handmade shoes in the world. “We pride ourselves on the honesty of our work, maximum quality, a fair price, local production and the quest for excellence”, she outlines.

For Carmina Shoemaker feet are everything: “We respect and look after feet with all of the care they deserve. They are the parts that support the rest of the body. Before designing a shoe we spend time studying and building the shoe last; it is an essential part of the process, the most important part for us”, remarks Marlene.

A UNIQUE PAIR OF SHOES

Each pair of shoes is made with real dedication, and true craft, with every little detail from beginning to end taken care of. Marlene Albaladejo explains: “We choose the best leather, we study the patterns meticulously, we mould the shoe lasts until we find the perfect harmony between appearance and ergonomics. We then cut the shoes by hand, one by one, and we assemble them step by step, with a team of workers who have savoir-faire and an exceptional enthusiasm for their work. The result is, without doubt, a unique pair of shoes”. Another benchmark firm is George’s, and their shoes are also produced in Inca. The company’s story begins in 1967 with Jordi Coll. The company is currently headed up by Aurora Coll, part of the family’s third generation of shoemakers and the second of manufacturers.

“We believe that handmade products are more than products, there is creativity, craft, technique, love, and they are unique due to human imperfections” states Aurora Coll who believes the shoes “give off an air of excellence and talent, with impeccable proportions and stylised lines”. However, what is the key behind it all? Aurora answers: “The key knowledge consists of knowing how to adapt real measurements to a good cut that turns out attractive to look out and comfortable to wear. That was Jordi Coll’s mantra and George’s raison d’être” which is summarised through passion, heritage and knowledge, “techniques from other generations that we want to preserve, and we especially want to ensure everything is handmade”, states Coll.

METICULOUS ATTENTION TO DETAIL.

George’s classic shoe lasts and traditional methods allow them to play around with a traditional image while having the license to innovate and work with more modern materials. “George’s is a slightly anarchic way of understanding fashion and our ‘Made to Order’ could not be any different. The meticulous attention to detail and the materials used show that we want to offer a product that is special and different”, clarifies Aurora Coll. “George’s shoes are full of nuances that age at the same time as the wearer, they are witnesses to other eras and last a lifetime”.

When producing shoes, George’s uses a non-mechanised supplyline, and so its artisans delight in creating every shoe, as they change details and make suggestions about unique and one-off versions. “The artisan is entirely responsible for carrying out the designer’s proposal, and achieving it by using meticulously chosen materials from the required range in order to create a high-end product; we depend entirely on their expertise and know how. Our artisans also provide excellent guidance to future artists”, concludes Aurora.

Also to be found of the island is the Meermin workshop, another footwear company, founded in 2001 using the traditions of four generations of shoemakers, and specialising in handmade footwear with goodyear stitching. Their aim is to produce high quality shoes at a reasonable price, this is achieved through both their production and distribution methods as they use no middle-men.