La Manual Alpargatera begun as an espadrille workshop just after the Spanish Civil War (the forties). It combined an ancient handicraft tradition with leading fashion tendencies at that time, and it gave rise to a new alternative in the field of accessories. La Manual is a must for the informed travellers who visit Barcelona and a yearly appointment for most locals. Many international prizes, highly favourable comments have appeared in prestigious magazines and the visit of personalities (Jean Paul Gaultier, Penelope Cruz, Ralph Lauren etc.) from all around the world guarantee our experience. The espadrille is an ecological light shoe made with natural materials: vegetable fiber (hemp, jute, esparto...) for the sole and cotton, linen... for the instep. It is a footwear with a very long tradition. Concept: grab a number, pick what you want and wait in line. Worth the wait!