Spanish Shoes and Shoe Sizes

The “Spanish boot” was a pretty horrible instrument of torture, designed to crush a victim’s feet and legs until they passed out. And without this guide, shopping for shoes in Spain could also be a form of torture.

A sizeable task

Finding the right pair of shoes can be very difficult. Finding the right pair of shoes in a foreign country with different shoe sizes and a different language can be impossible. But just being able to tell the shop assistant what size you are is a step in the right direction. Let me introduce you to this handy foot size conversion chart.

Women's Shoe Size Guide

UK size
US size
Spanish (EU) size
2.5
5
35
3.5
6
36
4
6.5
37
5
7.5
38
6
8.5
39
6.5
9
40
7
9.5
41
8
10.5
42
9
11
43

Men's Shoe Size Guide

UK size
US size
Spanish (EU) size
6
7
39
6.5
7
40
7
8
41
7.5
8
42
8
9
43
9.5
10.5
44
10.5
11.5
45
11
12
46
12
13
47

Finding your shoes in Spain

And now you need to know where to find shoes for sale. Spanish cities have high-streets, shopping malls and department stores just like all cities do, where you can find shoe shops aplenty. There are also outlet stores and markets where you can find Spanish shoes. The east coast and the Balearic Islands have the majority of shoe makers and manufacturers in Spain. The country is renowned for its high quality leather goods, so investing in a pair of leather shoes might be a good idea. 

Colourful espadrilles for sale in a shop

Espadrilles in every colour under the Spanish sun

Shoe styles

Espadrilles are maybe the most famous shoe to come out of Spain. These lightweight shoes with a sole made of esparto rope are perfect for hot Spanish days. Another traditional style is the menorquina, this sandal was originally worn by fishermen but is now also popular with men who don’t fish as well as women and children. Flamenco shoes are made to be able to withstand the strong stamping of passionate flamenco dancers, often with a rosewood heel and a colourful spotted design. 

Spanish shoe designers and brands

Manolo Blahnik is arguably the most famous Spanish shoe designer, a lot of celebrities wear his shoes. And at 2000 euros a pair, they are a bargain not to be missed. A bit further down the scale you’ve got brands like Camper, a Mallorca based company who have gained popularity worldwide for their unique designs. 

Boots of Spanish leather 

Hopefully now that you know everything there is to know about Spanish footwear, you’ll soon be singing songs about your new favourite pair because they fit so perfectly and you love them so much. And not because your true love has gone away, like Bob Dylan’s has in this song.

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About the author

Joseph

Leaving rainy Plymouth to move to cold and rainy Hamburg, Joseph has been trying to pronounce ridiculously long German words ever since. If he’s not drinking a cool Weizenbier he spends his time on his bike or reading books by the river. Now working as an intern at bab.la.

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