Barcelona may be made up of cobblestone streets and lots of famous staircases but it's also a place to show off your shoes. It's a fashionable crowd who lives and goes here, so sometimes, it pays to look your best, particularly with your feet. You just gotta suck it up and strut in your best kicks. And if they get broken, not to worry! This Catalan capital also houses many first-class show stores as far as the eye can see.
In Barcelona, arguably the best shoes to wear are sporty types. The streetwear kicks that the kids are showing off these days on social media. The ones from Nike, Reebok, Puma, and the like. If you forgot your pair at home, just pop on over to 24 Kilates and check out their new stock. Those same high-profile brands can be found here and more. And you know that any pair you'll find here will definitely be Instagram worthy. Against the backdrop of Barcelona's beautiful streets? That'll be quite the post!
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Sneakers a little too aggressive for you? Don't worry about it! Espadrilles are just as beautiful a flat shoe and more classic-looking as well. They're so cool and comfy, practically everyone in the world has a pair. And they're particularly popular in Barcelona too, especially since it’s a Spanish style signature. This is mainly because of Castañer, one of the oldest shoe brands still operating in the area. The Spanish label actually provided the great Yves Saint Laurent their own beautiful pairs of espadrilles, making the once modest shoe into a high fashion favorite.
Now for something a little bit fancier. Well, actually, a whole lot fancier, to be honest! Cherry Hill is the haven for luxury heels if ever you need a pair when you're in Barcelona. You never know, you suddenly might get invited to a wedding or an evening gala and you didn't pack your own heels. A quick trip to this store and you will find what you want. The chicest heels from Jimmy Choo, Manolo Blahnik, and more! It's luxury footwear at its finest here!
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Gentlemen! It's your turn to shop for shoes! And do you know what Barcelonaians think are quite hot right now? Boots! That's right, the fashionable men here are not afraid to don these high-top shoes. And in this beautiful city, there's one brand that you have to go to get a great pair: Corbeto's boots. When it comes to Barcelona and boots, this particular shop always comes to mind in locals and returning visitors alike. The way they fashion their signature cowboy boots is so top-notch, you won't look ridiculous nor costumey at all. Just strong, cool, and dapper!
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Now, back to the ladies for a bit. A great alternative to heels that's just as elegant is a pair of ballet flats. Their classic, comfortable, and so pretty! There's just something so feminine about them. No matter what you have on if you pair them with some ballet flats, you'll still look as ladylike and as sophisticated as ever. And fortunately for you, local Barcelonian brand Kokua specializes in them. They make pairs for every size and in every cool imaginable. and you'll see a lot of them spread throughout the city too!
Source: Kokua Barcelona Facebook Page
More than just to look good, your footwear can also have an important message to say. Mamahuhu, for instance, is a now-famous shoe store in Barcelona that takes pride in its ethical trading business. The shoes that they sell are made by artisans from Colombia, particularly impoverished areas. But make no mistake, the beautiful pairs here aren't made from sweatshops and the sort. The shoes are works of artisans who are given the opportunity to make a living while making something beautiful. And the vibrant shoes they come up with are testaments to their skills and talents!
Panama Jack is arguably one of the more famous stores on this list. In fact, they have a lot of stores all around the world, but since you're in Barcelona, there's no reason why you shouldn't stop by here. It even helps that the brand itself is quite popular in the city, mostly because of their leather boots. As previously mentioned, Barcelonians love them a good pair of boots, and Panama Jack is a label that satisfies their desires no matter the costs. Using fine supple leather and hand-crafted to perfection, the pairs you'll find (and probably buy) here are something else!
Source: Panama Jack Facebook Page
Over on Passeig de Gracia, there stands a shoe store and atelier that had stood there for decades. It's a classic homegrown brand that's still revered and desired by Barcelonians and tourists alike. This, of course, is Tascón. Jose Tascón was a famous shoemaker back in the 1950s and opened his first shop in 1959. To this day that very shop still sells high-class quality footwear under the tutelage of Tascón's children. However, the shoes they offer still exhibit the same sophistication and elegance as their father's works.
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Loafers? Boots? Leather shoes? Any footwear befitting of a fine gentleman can be found here at The Outpost. This posh shop over at Carrer del Rosselló has long helped the men in the city dress up nicely with their fine shoe selections. An old-fashioned boutique, they sell some very modern and contemporary pieces but with a tinge of that old-school Catalan class! Any pair you'll find here will work for any occasion, be it a nice day for sightseeing where you'll walk for miles and miles or for a romantic evening rendezvous where you need to look dapper for your date!
Source: The Outpost
Mover over Italy, Spain has a secret weapon when it comes to offering the best in high-class footwear: the city of Barcelona. Within this beautiful cosmopolitan are stores and shops that sell some of the finest shoes you'll ever see and probably buy!