Casa Hernanz, Madrid

Casa Hernanz, Madrid

What to buy here: Alpargatas.

Come springtime, the line outside of Casa Hernanz stretches far out the door. Spaniards and tourists alike gather to stock up on Spain’s favorite summer shoe – the alpargata. Made of rope and cloth, the shoes form a staple of Spanish summer attire, particularly at the beach. Apart from the appealing bohemian look, they come in 32 colors, from candy-apple red to lime green and lavender purple. And even better, the price is oh-so-right at only 5€ a pair. Considering that they only last about a season, locals usually stock up yearly, purchasing a slew of their favorite colors. While you can find them in various locations, the world-famous shop, Casa Hernanz, sits behind Plaza Mayor, where it has made its mark on the shoe-world for over a century and a half. Just be sure to come prepared with your European shoe size and those of friends back home. Price: 5€.

Opening Hours: Monday-Friday, 9am-1:30pm and 4:30pm-8pm; Saturdays: 10am-2pm.

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Sight Name: Casa Hernanz
Sight Location: Madrid, Spain
Sight Type: Shopping
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