There is only one CASA HERNANZ, where the long wooden counter dates back to the 19th century and the shoes are made by hand. The Hernanz family has been in business for five generations. Today, brothers Jesús and Antonio still make the basic kind of espadrille: two pieces of sturdy cotton sewn to a flat hemp sole by hand. But they have improved on the original model by gluing a piece of rubber to the sole to make the shoe more durable. They also make truly traditional pairs (Jesús calls them artisanal) with unadorned soles and threaded with hemp instead of cotton. Over time they have incorporated new fabrics, like cotton, canvas and silk, as well as new prints, although their cosy shop and their charming counters are still a part of the most traditional Madrid. In a world of Payless and Target rubber, Casa Hernanz is a breath of fresh air as the men who sold that wedge made. And he learned to make that wedge from his father who learned from his father and so on and so on. There is rich history and care in this shop.
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