Inspired Origins: The Stories Behind Our Designs

By on August 16, 2017, in Soft Stories, Soft Surroundings

Each season our designers and buyers dedicate their time to creating unique merchandise to give you a standout wardrobe. Our extraordinary pieces’ origins often come from foreign cultures and destinations, so we’ve decided to share with you the inspiration behind some of our favorites in each catalog in a new blog series called “Inspired Origins: The Stories Behind Our Designs”.

To kick things off, we’d like to take you on a trip to Menorca, a small Balearic island off the coast of Spain, where our Simply Perfect Wedges by CalaXini get their story.

A glance at the beautiful Menorcan coast.

Talk about travel goals! Menorca’s history dates back to prehistoric times, but it wasn’t until the island was under Roman control that avarcas were first introduced to Menorcan culture. Avarcas, a simple leather sandal, were worn by the Balearic slingers as they fought under Hannibal against the Romans. From then on, peasant farmers wore them to tend their land because the shoes provided comfort and durability.

Now these simply chic sandals are a staple in Menorcan culture and have gained fashion momentum. Our Simply Perfect Wedges by CalaXini embody the style of traditional avarcas, but have an updated wedge heel and come in an array of bright colors and shimmering metallic options!

Handcrafted in Menorca, CalaXini Sandals use the same technique as the original avarcas sandals, taking inspiration from Menorca’s heritage and its rich beautiful countryside. Known for their simplicity, style and old-world craftsmanship, CalaXini sandals are truly the perfect accessory for a day at the beach.