But Riudavets isn’t the only company inspired by Menorca’s shoe traditions. Labels like Solillas and Avarcas also offer similar minimalist silhouettes.
All adult sandals retail for $90, while the kids’ styles are priced at $60. Here in the U.S., the label is available online at Riudavetsusa.com, as well as at boutiques around the country.
The line includes beautifully rustic, yet durable, styles for men, women and kids, that come in a rainbow of colors, from neutrals like black, brown and white to trendy metallics. One of its newer looks is this woven black-and-white style that puts a modern spin on a centuries-old silhouette.
Today, the third-generation of his family continues to produce the region’s traditional Avarca slip-on sandal, characterized by its wide open-toe front piece and back strap.
The Spanish-based Riudavets footwear brand was founded in the late 1920s by Bep de Binixems, who left behind his work as a laborer on a Menorcan farm to learn the craft of shoemaking.