We are lucky enough to be in a position to strike up good relationships with a lot of the brands we have reviewed and featured, but we seldom actually get to see them at work.
So when I found out we were going to the Alicante region for our summer holiday I simply had to take a day out of my holiday and arrange to head over to Villena to pay a visit to Amanda, Manuela and Antonio, the owners of the wonderful MAÁ’s shoes and have a look around their factory.
Did you know all their shoes are handcrafted? Yes there are machines that assist, but from the the first hand cutting of the leather by hand made tools, to the stitching and the wrapping of the sole every single step of the process is manually done – meaning each shoe is unique, and if we had wanted any better an example of how much these shoes mean to all involved we arrived just as a meeting concerning quality control was finishing.
It’s a small, but productive family run factory, finishing 400-500 shoes a day for both the MAÁ’s and Manuela de Juan, and we then got to walk we got to walk through the whole process of the shoes creation right up to the folding of the cardboard boxes and it was enlightening.
Thanks for showing us around! We all had a great time, including my parents whom joined us on this trip!
Note: Maa shoes are now on sale! Click here to visit their website.