La Manual Alpargatera

La Manual Alpargatera, Barcelona: Hours, Address, La Manual Alpargatera Reviews: 4.5/5

La Manual Alpargatera
4.5
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Wednesday
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
About
"Famous espadrille store in Barcelona. La Manual was founded in 1940. Was the first to make "fashion" espadrilles. It is the last workshop in Barcelona who still making handmade espadrilles.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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The area
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Neighborhood: Barrio Gòtico (Barri Gòtic)
With its iconic, old-Europe streets and alleys, this picturesque neighborhood is the very heart of Barcelona. It blends historic artifacts from its days under Roman dominion up through the Spanish Civil War with a vibrant modern-day culture of artisan shops and authentic culinary experiences. Avid explorers will be thrilled to discover quaint terraces and plazas brought to life by the many small bars and local musicians lasting late into the night. Fashionistas will be drawn to Portal de L’Angel, which is lined with well-known brand names and smaller boutique stands.
How to get there
  • Liceu • 4 min walk
  • Jaume I • 5 min walk
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom4,634 contributions
Hand-stitched Original Espadrille Shoes - A Fun Experience
Jan 2020
This was a wonderful shop that has been hand-stitching traditional espadrille shoes since 1940. The shoes are all hand-made on site and you can see them being made in the workshop at the back, while you browse in the front section.
I saw several other shops and brands selling espadrilles around Barcelona but I preferred this shop because it’s the original one. The other shops seemed more like chain-stores in comparison.
The shop is steeped in old-world charm and it felt more of an experience to shop here. The original fittings are still in place. I loved the old wooden, floor-to-ceiling pigeonholes, filled with hundreds of espadrilles.
The staff were so friendly and helpful. I tried on so many pairs that I felt guilty but they made it clear that it was no trouble. They happily swapped sizes and patterns for me time and time again, made sure that the fit was comfortable and showed me (more than once) how to tie the ribbons in the traditional way and the modern way.
There is a huge range of colours and styles – simple, traditional slip-ons, lace-ups with ribbons, wedges and heels. It was a fun experience and I ended up with 3 pairs which were all quite different.

TIPS:
1) I took a video while they explained how to tie the espadrilles because it’s a little tricky until you get the hang of it. If you don't do this, there is a video on their website so you can always check that out instead.
2) Others have said that the shop gets very crowded. We didn't find it busy but we went later in the day, just before heading out for drinks. From memory, I think it was around 6pm and there were only a couple of others in the shop. They are open until 8pm so this is a good option if you want to avoid the crowds.
3) Don't go in the middle of the day. They shut for a large chunk of time after lunch and are closed between 1:30-4:30. They are closed altogether on Sundays.
Written August 18, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Wow, thank you very much for your review, we appreciate it :-) It is very rewarding when our clients take the time to recommend us. Now we have an especial opening hours: from 10:00 to 14:00 except Wednesday when we are open from 17:00 to 20:00. Thank you very much, we hope you are enjoying your espadrilles.
Written October 9, 2020
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Ava Martinez
1 contribution
Fantastico!
Jan 2020
So in love with the shop and my new sandals. Next time im visiting my family im definitely poping round again. Muchas gracias!
Written February 7, 2020
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Thanks to you, here we will receive you and your family with a nice experience!
Written October 9, 2020
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Ron N
Portland, OR10 contributions
Well priced source for espadrilles
Oct 2019 • Solo
I sought out this retailer after reading a magazine review. A good selection of styles and colors, reasonably priced and well-made. I wear traditional espadrilles, which can be tossed out after a couple of seasons. I purchased only two pairs; didn’t purchase more only because there wasn’t a broader selection of the traditional stripes and solids. I’ll visit again the next time I am in Barcelona.
Written October 28, 2019
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Thank you very much!
Written October 9, 2020
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Susie780
Tucson, AZ334 contributions
Authentic espadrilles
Aug 2019 • Friends
This shop is the real deal. There are so many varieties and colors of espadrilles to choose from—men’s and women’s. The staff is super helpful, especially with sizing. Prices are good too.
Written August 2, 2019
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Tahnks!!
Written October 9, 2020
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Sheila W
Austin, TX169 contributions
Large variety of lightweight shoes and sandals
Apr 2019 • Friends
Very quaint place with walls filled with handmade shoes and sandals or all colors and styles. Very helpful salespeople. You could see them making shoes in the back of the store.
Written June 2, 2019
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Dipti M
London, UK93 contributions
Disappointed
Mar 2019 • Family
I visited this shop after reading all the amazing reviews on tripadvisor but must say was hugely disappointed. This place has no choice of shoes. Even the ones that they have look worn out and rugged. Although I bought a pair but regretted doing it after visited another shop just round the corner which had amazing styles.
Written March 18, 2019
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Gho50
Frankfurt, Germany891 contributions
Shopping - local tradition
Jan 2019 • Friends
Woo! This is the best experience to shop local made shoes - Espadrille

1. men and ladies, DO try the shoes in person. They are all different even the size is correct. Some narrower, some more flat. I bought two pair after trying 4 pairs. It feels very different.

2. Sunday closed. Siesta time, closed from 1:30-4:30pm

3. This shop is a must even If you don‘t shop ! Many Koreans going there, one sale assistant speaks Korean. Ha! Must be the Korean TV series .

4, Price ranges from 36€-50€ , very reasonable!
Written January 27, 2019
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Vickel52
Caldwell, NJ45 contributions
Buy espadrilles!!
Jan 2018
This is THE place to go for espadrilles in Barcelona. The variety of styles and colors is incredible. The staff is very helpful -- even if you think the shoe will be too small, follow their recommendations. (The shoes stretch.) Pick a number at the counter when you arrive. You may have to wait a bit for service but that gives you time to decide which shoes to try on. And remember -- they close for siesta!
Written December 17, 2018
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Susan L
New York City, NY2 contributions
amazing store, highly recommend a visit
Sep 2018 • Family
I highly recommend checking this store out. I had no issue communicating with the people who work there and they were very friendly. They seemed to speak english just fine.My family and I kept apologizing for asking to try on so many different types of espadrilles but the girl who helped us kept saying “ its ok , its my job” and was very helpful. I loved that they had carried different types of espadrilles in all different fabrics. I ended up purchasing 3!
Written September 23, 2018
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Tesstastic
San Francisco, CA44 contributions
Fun shopping experience
Jul 2018 • Couples
When planning my trip to Barcelona, I knew I wanted to buy a pair of espadrilles. This place has been making them forever and when you walk in, you can see employees hand making them in the back of the store. I think I tried on at least 10 different styles and the girl I had was so helpful and never made me feel rushed. I ended up buying 2 pairs and started wearing them that day!!
Written July 31, 2018
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Frequently Asked Questions about La Manual Alpargatera

La Manual Alpargatera is open:
  • Mon - Tue 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Wed - Wed 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Thu - Sat 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

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