Some of the finest footwear in the world can be found in a small shop in Palma's Calle Union
Some of the finest footwear in the world can be found in a small shop in Palma's Calle Union, and it's all made here in Mallorca. Carmina Shoemaker's shop in the city only opened in 1997, but its
history goes back much, much further.
Unsurprisingly, Mallorca's shoe and leather capital, Inca was the birthplace of the company back in 1866 when Matías Pujadas opened a small workshop and began the production of made-to-measure
footwear. By 1905, with his son Mateo in charge, they opened one of the first factories in the islands producing the revolutionary Goodyear stitched shoes.
Fast forward to 1961 when José Albaladejo Pujadas, Matías' great-grandson, took over and turned the firm into one of Spain's largest shoemakers, turning out millions of pairs of shoes by the 80's!
However a downturn in the luxury shoe market inspired Jose to create a new company, Carmina Shoemaker, dedicated to producing small numbers of the world's best hand-crafted shoes.
Carmina's shop in Palma is warm and inviting and contains a wonderful selection of classic shoes for men and women. All are hand produced using much the same technique as years ago in a
process lasting (if you'll pardon the pun) several days. The shoes aren't cheap, but they're so good that Carmina now has its own shops in Paris, Barcelona, Bilbao, Valladolid, three in Madrid and
features in some of the best retailers in Europe, Japan and the US alongside the best British shoe manufacturers.
So, if you're in the market for a classic pair of shoes that will 'last' forever AND will make an unforgettable memento of a Mallorcan holiday, it's worth paying a visit to Carmina in the Calle