Barcelona Espadrilles shoe store history.
The Manual was the first shoe workshop that made fashion espadrilles. Since 1940, before sandals were considered a type of footwear field, low-class, traditional country. Up to twenty years after that, we were the only company that dared to wear espadrille shoes to the world of fashion. Years later some others (as in the seventies), start to do it too. Now all kinds of people consider espadrilles as a very fashionable piece.
Our brochure with our history is translated into 47 languages which are translated by our clients themselves. All performed as appreciation for our customers on a voluntary basis. If we don’t have a native language, we asked them to translate it, and so, from time to time, we received a new translation in our email).
We still make espadrilles for the attire of the Gala Catalan police (dress uniform).
Espadrille shoes for Celebrities.
Although I have read somewhere that Catherine Zeta-Jones was a client of us, I can’t confirm it: Two of our employees think they’ve seen her here, but I’m not sure. It is true that Michael Douglas and his wife, were seen with our espadrilles, but is Diandra, not Catherine, who is a regular customer of our shop.
Among our clients, we can name many celebrities: Hollywood stars as Jack Nicholson, use to recommend our espadrille shoes to his friends and we are very thankful for that. We also had customers like Jeanne Moreau, Penélope Cruz, Tyra Banks, Julianne Moore, Raven Simone and many more …
Salvador Dalí loved our pinxo espadrille shoes. Papa Johannes Paulus II ordered his espadrille shoes at our store. Oswaldo Guayasamín (perhaps the biggest Latin American mural painter) used to be a good customer. Many others, from the Queen of Sweden to Ralph Laurent or Jean-Paul Gaultier, are countless celebrities which are among our customers.
Thanks to our customers all around the world we are able to continue the tradition and history of espadrille shoes.