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It all started when...

Noelia Pahissa moved to California from Barcelona in 2004 with her husband, Jose Fuentes, who had accepted an engineering position in San Diego. Among many packed possessions were a few pairs of avarcas, which both Noelia and Jose grew up wearing. Wherever they went people complimented their avarcas. It didn't take Noelia long to realize there was an unmet demand for the Spanish product in the U.S. market.


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AVARCAS USA

The San Diego-based couple are co-founders of the Avarcas USA label, working exclusively with Pons to bring the authentic artisan sandals to sustainable-minded Americans. In just a few months the Avarcas USA brandโ€™s popularity has spread across the nation. Noelia and Jose are extremely grateful to all those who believe in supporting the art of traditional shoemaking.

Among many packed possessions were a few pairs of avarcas, which both Noelia and Jose grew up wearing. Wherever they went people complimented their avarcas.

Cala Mitjana in Menorca, where Pons Shoes are handcrafted

Cala Mitjana, one of Menorca's most beautiful beaches.

The Pons brand

AvarcasUSA exclusively features original Pons Avarcas, a family owned business located in Ciutadella and specialized in artisan Menorcan avarcas since 1945.

Pons shoes are sustainable

Made since 1945 on the Spanish island of Menorca, Pons shoes are ethically made by hand with sustainability and longevity in mind. The raw materials are all sourced locally in Spain, including the rubber sole (the classic style features a sole made from 10% recycled tires) and the high-quality natural vecchio leatherโ€” which is sourced from ethically raised livestock. Available in 40+ different color ways, Pons are chrome dyed to strict EU REACH standards. The Pons workshop in Ciutadella (images below) is owned and operated by the third-generation of the Pons family and employs about a dozen local craftspeople, some who have spent their entire adult lives honing their shoemaking craft.

Photo of Noelia and Jose: @eugenioiglesias

Warm Weather Staples

Model Wears Our beautiful Classic Strap Pons Avarca Sandal in Tan
CLASSIC STRAP PONS
IN TAN
Model Wearing Our Comfortable Mediterranean Pons Avarca Sandal in Sand
PONS MEDITERRANEAN
IN SAND
Model Wears Our beautiful Classic Pons Platform Avarca Sandal in Taupe
CLASSIC PONS PLATFORM
IN TAUPE
Model Wears Our Bold Classic Pons Avarca Sandal in Orange
CLASSIC PONS
IN ORANGE

Pons, The Authentic Avarcas Since 1945

Pons, a fashionable updated version of the spanish sandal, combine craftsmanship with the latest technology, along with top quality natural soft leather, to guarantee maximum quality and style. Pons avarcas are handcrafted by the 3rd generation of the Pons family in Menorca, since 1945 with the highest quality materials.




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Pons shoes are handcrafted with the highest quality materials in Menorca, Spain. Pons are ethically made by hand with sustainability and longevity in mind.
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