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Wednesday 21st of November 2018
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Casa Hernanz

A traditional shop which, for more than a century, has been dedicated to selling alpargatas (espadrilles)—a very cool, comfortable, light shoe, perfect for the hot weather

Spring, perhaps the most beautiful season to enjoy Madrid, is finally here! With the arrival of the wonderful, warm weather, it’s a perfect time to fish out of your cupboard, or make a purchase of, alpargatas (espadrilles). These traditional shoes have a sole made from rope, created to be flexible, and a top made from canvas or cotton. In the past, the popular alpargatas were worn in the fields by people who worked in agriculture, but nowadays demand for them has expanded and they are popular with everybody, whether young or old, men or women. Alpargatas have become a fashionable footwear item. In Madrid, there are many shops that stock them, but if you want to go to one of the oldest shops in the city with one of the widest ranges, then Casa Hernanz is the place for you. Opened in 1840 in La Latina, the firm has combined tradition and modernity to make alpargatas. On the premises, they offer a choice of more than 50 different colours and sizes, all made with natural materials. Casa Hernanz styles include flat or with a heel, with or without shoelaces, and plain or printed design (with stripes, dots, or flags, for example). From the selection available, you’re sure to find your perfect pair.

Casa Hernanz, C/Toledo, 18-20 (Metro: Tirso de Molina). Tel: 91 366 54 50. Mon-Fri, 9am-1.30pm, 4.30-8pm; Sat, 10am-2pm.

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