• Riudavets
    The Original Sandal
    from Menorca, Spain

History

The first Avarca has its origins in the Menorcan countryside. Menorca is a small island in the Spanish Mediterranean, where the land is dry and hard. Given these conditions, the Menorcan villagers needed shoes that were strong and flexible, yet simple in design. They soon found that Avarcas were the ideal shoes for this purpose, as Avarcas kept the villagers’ feet cool and comfortable.

 

Over time, Menorca’s economy changed. As farm tasks were mechanized, many laborers moved to the island’s towns in search of new trades.

Bep de Binixems was one of these laborers. He is the grandfather of the third generation of José Riudavets SL, a family business and one of the key names in the history of Menorcan Avarcas. Binixems worked for many years on the farm before leaving the countryside to learn the trade of shoemaking.

 

Established in the late 1920s, and currently run by the third generation, this family business has always guaranteed authenticity, durability and a proper fit. The authentic Avarcas Riudavets of today still carry many characteristics of those worn yesterday: a classic tire sole, a fine suede inner lining, greased leather and a hidden border stitch.

  • Antonio Riudavets, the founder's son set up his first large-scale workshop to produce Avarcas for the island.

  • He introduced various technical alterations to improve comfort, such as inserting a thin strip of rubber in the heel strap to ensure elasticity. The absorbent insole to prevent the foot slipping inside the sandal and the provision of a moulder rubber sole to provide more flexibility whilst still retaining its water-resistant qualities.

Sandal

You will struggle to find someone who has visited the island of Menorca and hasn’t taken a pair of Traditional Avarcas home with them. In many ways, these typical sandals mirror what Menorca is all about: simplicity, comfort and respect for the environment. Riudavets USA is now providing these sought-after authentic and original sandals to the United States, which will quickly become the latest, must-have fashion trend. Comfortable, durable and handmade from premium Spanish leather and 100% recycled rubber (made from car tires), it’s no wonder they have been around for hundreds of years.

Avarcas come in variety of fashionable colors and prints (for men, women and kids), making it hard to go home with just one pair . They are the ideal footwear, complementing every outfit, from casual jeans to a smart dress. This sandal can easily take you from the beach to the city – making it the ultimate wardrobe staple.

  • Step 1 of 12 — Workman stitching lateral side of the Avarca

  • Step 2 of 12 — Workman cutting the thread

  • Step 3 of 12 — Covering the stiching

  • Step 4 of 12 — Glue the covering piece

  • Step 5 of 12 — Cutting the left over

  • Step 6 of 12 — Removing little stones

  • Step 7 of 12 — Sandpaper to finish the ends

  • Step 8 of 12 — Piece of oiled leather

  • Step 8 of 12 — Piece of oiled leather

  • Step 10 of 12 — Cleaning the strap cover

  • Step 11 of 12 — Cutting the upper edges

  • Step 12 of 12 — Cutting the imperfections

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Premium

  • Green Nubuck

  • Light Blue

  • Orange

  • Yellow Nubuck

Metallics

  • Bronze

  • Copper

  • Gold

  • Silver

Basics

  • Black

  • Brown

  • Green

  • Light Brown

  • Natural

  • Navy Blue

  • Red

  • White

Women's – $120

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Description

Riudavets rustic sandals are the result of three generations of experience in shoe making. Known for its exceptional quality and comfort, Riudavets’ Avarcas have several unique features: — Hidden side stitch — High quality leathers — Recycled car tire sole


Please select size and color

Basics

  • Black

  • Brown

  • Green

  • Light Brown

  • Natural

  • Navy Blue

  • Red

  • White

Metallics

  • Bronze

  • Copper

  • Gold

  • Silver

Premium

  • Green Nubuck

  • Light Blue

  • Orange

  • Yellow Nubuck

Men's – $120

Select Size

Select Color

Description

Riudavets rustic sandals are the result of three generations of experience in shoe making. Known for its exceptional quality and comfort, Riudavets’ Avarcas have several unique features: — Hidden side stitch — High quality leathers — Recycled car tire sole


Please select size and color

Premium

  • Green Nubuck

  • Light Blue

  • Orange

  • Yellow Nubuck

Metallics

  • Bronze

  • Copper

  • Gold

  • Silver

Basics

  • Black

  • Brown

  • Green

  • Light Brown

  • Natural

  • Navy Blue

  • Red

  • White

Kids – $88

Select Size

Select Color

Description

Riudavets rustic sandals are the result of three generations of experience in shoe making. Known for its exceptional quality and comfort, Riudavets’ Avarcas have several unique features: — Hidden side stitch — High quality leathers — Recycled car tire sole


Please select size and color

Press

“Avarcas Riudavets come in a variety of colors. They are the ideal footwear, complementing every outfit. This sandal can easily take you from the beach to the city.”

"Best of the Big Apple" – New York Magazine – 10 March 2014

 

“The Avarcas are sturdy, but flexible. When I tried my Avarcas on, I immediately noticed how deliciously comfortable they were. I liked knowing that my feet would be both comfortable and well protected. One of the hardest things about being an active mom, is trying to keep up with my child in flimsy flip flops... they just aren't practical. ...As a parent, I feel great knowing that [my son] will have a durable, flexible and comfortable sandal shoe that he can wear during the spring and summer months.”

"Step into Spring with Riudavets Avarcas: Leather Sandals for the Whole Family" – 10 March 2014 – Mommy's Block Party – Read more >

 

“Searching for the perfect shoes that will compliment any outfit perfectly? Look no further! We think you'll love the Avarcas from Riudavets. These beautiful sandals work perfectly at the beach, a fun shopping day with friends, and even for a dinner date.”

"Riudavets sandals are the ultimate wardrobe staple" – 31 January 2014 – The ExaminerRead more >

 

“These Spanish sandals are quickly becoming the new, must-have fashion trend. They are the ultimate wardrobe staple as they are versatile and complement anything from jeans to dresses. The great thing about these shoes is that they are perfect for the whole family! They come in different prints and colors that are perfect for men, women and children! They are definitely the new 'it' shoe for spring and summer.”

"2014 Sandal Trends: Avarcas Spanish Sandals" – 13 January 2014 – Makemechic Fashion Blog – Read more >

 

“Riudavets was established in the late 1920s, and currently run by the third generation. This family business has always guaranteed authenticity, durability and a proper fit. The authentic Avarcas Riudavets of today still carry many characteristics of those worn in the past : a classic tire sole, a fine suede inner lining, greased leather and a hidden border stitch. The Avarca sandal comes from Menorca, a small island in the Spanish Mediterranean, where the land is dry and hard. Given these conditions, the Menorcan villagers needed shoes that were strong, flexible, and simple in design. Avarcas come in variety of colors and prints (for men, women and kids). They are comfortable, durable and handmade from premium Spanish leather and 100% recycled rubber (made from car tires), it’s no wonder they have been around for hundreds of years.”

"Riudavets" – 15 December 2013 – hoopLA – Read more >

 

“In the Summer I was in Spain, and I’ve always loved the Spanish Varca sandals that everybody wears. The Varca sandal, seen in most areas of Spain, is worn by all ages and even worn by the Spanish Royal family. They originated from Menorca and are known locally as ‘Abarcas’, where they were traditionally made from a sole of rubber, often disused tyres, and had one or two pieces of leather sewn onto the sole to fit the foot and ankle. The only problem I was having in Spain this year, was finding an all black pair. But after a search on the internet I found this great, all black Varca sandal from Riudavets.”

"Christmas Gift Ideas" – 14 December 2013 – It's a Moodie Blog – Read more >

 

“Eco fashion is becoming a niche of style influence and it is not only reserved for women. Fashion designers are using sustainable fabrics and recycled materials to produce clothing which appeals to everyone. ... the long-standing company Riudavets makes timeless sandals with Spanish leather and recycled car tire soles. ”

"Men Should Explore Eco-Fashion" – 3 December 2013 – The ExaminerRead more >

 

“Although the Avarca Sandal is considered a classic design, its presence in the U.S. is still relatively new. It’s time for you to be the change. Riudavets USA is now providing these sought-after authentic and original sandals to the United States, and it’s quickly becoming the latest, must-have fashion trend.”

"Riudavets Avarcas Giveaway" – 16 November 2013 – TheCelebrityCafe.com – Read more >

 

“Avarcas are a shoe of legend. The first pair was created centuries ago on Menorca, a small island in the Spanish Mediterranean. Menorcan villagers needed footwear that would stand up to the area’s hard terrain but still be comfortable and wearable. Thus, the Avarca sandal was born. The shoe continues to be a favorite among Menorcan locals and tourists, but one business is now bringing Avarcas to the Americas.”

"Get Spanish Style With Riudavets’ Avarcas" – 14 November 2013 – The LA Fashion MagazineRead more >

 

“When it comes to footwear for the city's preferred coastal getaway... Maryam Nassir Zadeh has laid in a supply of Riudavets avarcas, the nubock sandals from Minorca ($120). Maryam Nassir Zadeh is at 123 Norfolk Street.”

"Thursday Styles: Scouting Report" – 22 May 2013 – The New York TimesRead more >

 

“Admire how the label’s take on elevated basics aligns with everything from your best-loved designer sandals to your most lived-in vintage jeans.”

"Apiece Apart's New Webshop Shines" – 10 April 2013 – DailyCandy – Read more >

 

“From local farmers to the Spanish royal family, the traditional footwear of Menorca has had its share of fans for over 100 years. The first Avarca has its origins in the island's arid countryside, where villagers required shoes that were strong and flexible, yet simple in design. Fast forward three generations and USA-based family business Riudavets is handcrafting these sandals in much the same way as they were in the 1920s, with a Spanish leather upper, fine suede inner lining, hidden border stitch and recycled rubber sole. Comfortable, durable and sustainable, each pair is as authentic as it gets.”

"Introducing Riudavets" – 5 April 2013 – Incu – Read more >

 

“I simply cannot live without a pair of Avarcas for the spring/summer season. Hailing from the island of Menorca, these Spanish sandals traditionally come in muted colors of beige, green, tan and navy. For Spring 2013, Riudavets will produce a range of the shoe in neutral metallics.”

"Eight Things I Love For Spring 2013 (So Far)" – 25 September 2012 – MYHABIT Buyer Diary – Read more >

 

“BEVERLY GROVE—Creatures of Comfort on Melrose is now carrying Riudavets sandals. The leather footwear, made on Menorca (an island off the coast of Spain), retails at $112 for adults and $89 for kids. Creatures claims to be the only boutique in the entirety of LA to stock the label.”

"Riudavets Arrive at Creatures of Comfort; Terrarium Classes" – 21 August 2012 – Racked LA – Read more >

 

“The brainchild of the fashion designer Lucy Barnes, the television producer Heidi Kelso and the antiques dealer Fran Lombardi-Reilly, the shop reflects the trio’s personalities and specialties, with offerings ranging from new and vintage women’s clothing and accessories to children’s items and decorative accessories for the home. The opening also marks the debut of the Eureka Beach collection of caftans, tunics and dresses…The line, which ranges from $100 to $350, hangs alongside pieces by Barnes (look for the stretch denim “Miracle skirt”), jewelry by the North Fork weekender Paige Novick, Chascona bags by the stylist Karan Schijman, Riudavets summery leather slip-ons, children’s clothing by Wovenplay and textiles from Bali, Turkey and Morocco.”

High Style on the North Fork – 2 August 2012 – The New York Times Style MagazineRead more >

 

“If you’re forgoing a trip to the Mediterranean in favor of a summer staycation, you don’t have to travel far to score the popular sustainable sandals worn by theSpanish royal family to local farmers and island vacationers in Menorca, Spain. Now conveniently available stateside–online and in New York, at Maryam Nassir Zadeh–these authentic summer kicks (I tried out a complimentary pair) are handmade by the third generation family-run Avarcas Riudavets with Spanish leather and100% recycled rubber tire sole.”

"Straight from Spain, Summer’s Coolest New Sustainable Sandals" – 7 July 2012 – Treehugger.com – Read more >

 

“AVARCA sandals, traditionally worn in the countryside on Minorca, have made their way stateside. These, from Riudavets, are handmade much the way they were in the 1920s, when the family business was established, with Spanish leather uppers, a suede lining and soles of recycled rubber. They come in an array of colors to suit your laid-back weekend wear. ”

Shopping Snapshots, Footprints from Spain – 21 June 2012 – The New York TimesRead more >

 

“At one of the ubiquitous sandal shops, with stacks of shoes piled to the ceiling, she tried on a pair of abarcas, the simple leather shoes Minorca is known for and which are sold in a rainbow of colors.”

"Minorca, Off the Coast of Spain, a Tranquil Biosphere Reserve" – 13 April 2012 – The New York TimesRead more >

 

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Notice: All shoe-size conversions are approximate. Fits may vary by shoe style or personal preference; foreign sizes may vary by manufacturer. This kind of leather takes a few days to stretch.

Women
35 / 4'5   36 / 5'5   37 / 6'5   38 / 7   39 / 8   40 / 8'5   41 / 9'5   42 / 10   

Men
41 / 8   42 / 8'5   43 / 9'5   44 / 10   45 / 11   46 / 12   47 / 12'5   48 / 13'5   

Kids
23 / 7   24 / 7'5   25 / 8   26 / 9   27 / 10   28 / 11   29 / 12   30 / 12'5   31 / 13   32 / 1   33 / 1'5   34 / 2'5