Our Made in Spain shoes are produced in a town called Almansa.
Almansa is a small, quiet town, halfway between Albacete and Valencia. Its long history dates back to Roman times.
Crowning the town is a castle built on top of a large rock called the Cerro del Águila. The historic quarter, which was declared a Historic-Artistic Site, is formed by narrow streets that surround the castle. For the last 4 centuries, this small town has been dedicated, almost exclusively, to the ancient work of shoemaking.
Early Artisan Workshops
Historical records show that Spanish artisan shoe production in Almansa started flourishing at the beginning of the 18th century.
Shoes were mainly crafted in small workshops, each shop had its own ‘Maestro’ artisan, who was typically helped by just a pair of officials and one apprentice.
Production from these workshops provided for the locals and later on its started selling and commercialization their supply in the nearby markets of the surrounding towns.
By the end of the 18th century, there were more than 200 small workshops registered. These small workshops, through a process of auto accumulation, eventually generated enough capital to build the first shoe factories in Almansa.
The first shoe factories: the Coloma family
The Coloma family played a key role during the late 1800s in the shoe manufacture. They are highly regarded as the true authors of Almansa’s shoemaking business development. In 1815, Antonio Coloma, opened a small leather workshop, which after a few years of hard work, new ideas and technological breakthroughs, turned into Calzados Coloma, the biggest factory in Spain, with over 1,200 workers. The shoe production in Almansa during 1904 was estimated to be 87,000 pairs per year, ascending to 4.3 million pairs in 1912.
Spanish shoemakers from Almansa have a great degree of experience and craftsmanship. Since the birth of the first artisan workshops to the present, this town has lived and thrived around the production of quality handcrafted shoes.