During our workshop you will stitch your own traditional Catalan espadrilles, which you will keep afterwards as the most amazing souvenir. This is already a must-do while in Barcelona, do not miss it. We will meet at one of our workshops, where you can see the finished products and the materials. The artisans will be with you at all time leading and providing the materials and tools. First, we will introduce you to the story of espadrilles and the materials needed for their construction. You will learn about this beautiful tradition, and how this shoe passed from being built by and for humble people, to be one of the most trendy in fashion nowadays. Then every guest will choose the color and size of the base, the laces and the threads. Once ready, we will stitch our own traditional espadrilles, and then learn the different ways to lace them up. It will be fun, not difficult and you will have constructed your own pair of traditional "espardenyes". It has been proved as a amazing experience for corporative, families and super fun for kids too. Finally, each guest will leave with its own creation and with a really cool story to tell to friends, something that it is hardly available to the visitors, not even locals, as the espadrilles are still built in the villages outside the city. Reviewed as one-in-a-lifetime experience by most of our guests.
Luis and his wife Kathe are the founders and artisans of HANDMADE BARCELONA® an ethical brand of handmade traditional shoes from Cataluña. They have been many years making shoes in their family-owned factories in Spain. Together with AirBnb and for more than a year now they have been hosting a very successful workshop where they teach how to stitch traditional Catalan espadrilles. This unique experience has brought them many nominations in 2019 as a must-do in Barcelona. They will stitch an espadrille with the guests and each of them will keep its own creation, an authentic espadrille handmade by themselves. The artisans will be personally leading the workshop at all times. They are not only experts when it comes to espadrilles, but also fun and entertaining with their anecdotes and stories.
Apron, espadrille needle, ribbon laces and espadrille base.
We will have the workshop in one of our shops in the Gothic Quarter, a famous neighborhood known for artisanal products and little shops. The workshop will be closed exclusively for the experience, and we will have a big space for the guests. We will be surrounded by materials and finished products. An amazing atmosphere for a very unique experience.
Do not worry if you don’t have experience on the field, the process is rather easy, no previous knowledge needed, we will lead the whole experience and you will leave with an amazingly beautiful espadrille made by yourself.
Make your own Catalan Espadrilles