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Menorca has long been known for its shoe-making industry, but many of the well-known brands have factory shops on the island that also produce leather jackets, handbags, belts and other accessories, too. Here are the best places to go to buy leather goods on this Balearic island.
Jaime Mascaró – who was born and bred on Menorca – is one of the biggest shoe designers in Spain, and is the man behind the renowned Pretty Ballerinas brand. As well as the famous ballet pumps, the designer produces smart-casual shoes and boots under the Mascaró label, and the group has a factory shop in Ferreries. This outlet has a huge range of ballet pumps and other shoes and boots, as well as some handbags and other leather items, many of which are at factory-sale prices.
Opening hours: Monday–Saturday 9:30am–8:30pm, Sunday 10am–2pm
Jaime Mascaró Factory Shop, Calle Poife, 07750 Ferreries, Menorca, Spain, +34 971 37 38 37
Not specifically a leather-ware shop, Ca s’Esparter is more of an Aladdin’s cave of equine-related and traditional Menorcan country-life goods, but also sells beautiful leather boots, handmade shoes, Avarca sandals and other leather items. A family-run business that has been going strong for over 200 years, the shop is instantly recognisable by the life-size faux horse head hanging on the wall outside, and is a truly mesmerising place to look around. As well as all manner of horse and riding-related items, they stock everything from rope, to rifles, to weedkiller, baskets, corks, and traditional footwear.
Opening hours: Monday–Saturday 9am–2pm, Monday–Friday 5pm–8:30pm
Ca s’Esparter, S’Arraval, 3-7, Mahón, Menorca, Spain +34 971 36 36 15
Homers is a Menorcan family business that has been running for over 40 years. Originally producing high-quality slippers, the business has evolved and they now produce beautifully made leather shoes in a range of styles using mainly traditional artisan methods. All production takes place in the factory in Ciutadella, but the shoes are popular worldwide (particularly in Japan). The brand has a good online presence, but when visiting Menorca, the best place to shop for these stunning shoes, made from exquisitely soft leather, is the shop in Mahón which not only has the current collection, but usually has a sale section for some real bargains.
Opening hours: Monday–Saturday 10am–1:30pm and 6pm–9pm
Homers, Carrer del Rosari, 3, 07703 Mahón, Menorca, Spain, +34 971 96 13 62
Pons Quintana has been making luxury women’s shoes since the 1950s, with a particular focus on woven leather. Their factory shop in Alaior has a fantastic selection of shoes and bags at slightly reduced prices. They also have stores in both Ciutadella and Mahón.
Pons Quintana, Carrer de Baixamar, 120, Alaior, Menorca, Spain, +34 971 37 10 50
MIBO produces traditional Avarcas (Menorcan sandals) in their factory in Ferreries, where you can watch the soft leather shoes being made on the production line. Not only does the factory shop offer a huge range of the sandals, and often at very reasonable prices, but you can also put in an order for custom-made shoes. Beautiful, buttery soft leather footwear, in your choice of colour and style, fitted specifically to your foot. An opportunity for a genuine Cinderella moment.
Opening hours: Monday–Saturday 9:30am–2pm and 4pm–8pm, Sunday 10am–2pm
For Menorcan sandals in every size, colour, shape, and style imaginable, head to the RIA shop in Ferreries. There is an outlet section for the bargain hunters, and a chance to tour the factory, but it’s worth a trip just for the main shop itself, as they have a much bigger selection than any other Ria outlet on the island. The brand has been around since the 1940s, and the soft muted colours of the nubuck leather is particularly pleasing to the eye, and the quality of the traditional craftsmanship is excellent. Whether you want classic Avarcas, heeled rope-sole wedges, sandals for your kids, or perhaps a pair of novel felted slipper-sandals, you are unlikely to regret a visit.
Opening hours: Monday–Saturday 9:30am–8pm
Carrer dels Trencadors, 25, 07750 Ferreries, Menorca, Spain +34 971 37 30 70
If you know that it’s flat ballet-style pumps that you want, and you don’t fancy traipsing to Ferreries to the Mascaró factory shop, there are a couple of branches of Pretty Ballerinas in Mahón, one in the centre and the other on the harbour. The stores, with their trademark pastel pink façade, are fairly small but still stock a good range of the soft leather pumps, as well as a few sandals, loafers and other slip-ons.
Opening hours: Monday–Friday 9:30am–1:30pm and 5pm–8pm, Saturday 9:30am–2pm and 5:30pm–8pm
Carrer Moll de Llevant, 234, 07700 Mahón, Menorca, Spain, +34 971 36 16 45
Carrer de ses Moreres, 29, 07703 Mahón, Menorca, Spain, +34 971 360 568