Like a reliable song for the ages, the heel knocking rhythm of a decent pair of shoes is a must-have for the modern gentleman. Amongst the majestic avenues and cobbled gothic streets of Barcelona you will find an overwhelming array of shoe stores, but perhaps you are wondering where to start? The quest for a well-crafted pair of trusty reliables can be both time-consuming and lead to shopping induced trauma. Don’t worry, I get it. Whether you are looking for a pair of Artisan Espadrilles or some timeless Spanish boots of Spanish leather, the city has all options covered and I intend to point you in the right direction.
The Outpost – Carrer del Rosselló, 281
Located directly across from the art nouveau Casa de les Punxes on Carrer del Rosselló, The Outpost is a contemporary treasure trove for the modern man. With its uniquely designed interior, stepping inside is like taking a mini excursion to a boutique that has been conveniently established on the frontier. The Outpost has a finely selected collection; from loafers to boots and everything in between. The staff are friendly, the place is cool and the collection speaks volumes.
Tascón Zapaterías – Passeig de Gracia, 64
Jose Tascon established his first store on Avenue Diagonal back in 1959 which specialized in quality Spanish and Italian-made shoes. His children took over the family business in the 1970’s and it has since become a Barcelona tradition. They now have stores located all over the city and their Passeig de Gracia location is a great place to start; contemporary style on one of the worlds most majestic avenues.
Panama Jack – Rambla de Catalunya, 98
If you’re looking for a solid pair of rugged leather boots why not take a trip to Panama? Jack. Panama Jack make hardwearing Spanish-made boots and shoes and ship them to reputable shoe stores throughout the world. This flagship store, situated on the beautiful Rambla de Catalunya, brings together that fine collection which all come at a reasonable price and are certain to last you for many a ramble.
Corbeto’s Boots – La Rambla, 40
Located on the world-famous promenade and selling boots to lovers of Western culture since 1948, Corbeto’s is the go-to store for any man pursuing a more mythical style. If like me your idea of timeless cool conjures up visions of Clint Eastwood in a saloon bar brawl, Springsteen on some roadhouse jaunt or Hemingway at the whiskey-soaked writers’ table, this is where you are going to find your classic. Corbeto’s stocks the world famous Valverde del Camino brand which specializes the in Campero (rural) style boot; a perfect quality keepsake from your time in Spain.
Mamahuhu – Carrer del Call 11
Mamahuhu pride themselves on being an ethical trader of Colombian-made shoes. Since 2001 they’ve been supporting the work of artisans from impoverished areas of Colombia and delivering well-crafted shoes to Spanish customers. They currently have two stores in Spain and one of them is located in the enchanting streets of the city’s Barri Gòtic, the Gothic quarter. Mamahuhu sell contemporary shoes that are imbued with the vibrancy of their colorful Colombian roots; a style that fits perfectly with the progressive charms of the Catalan capital.