Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Matching Leather Avarcas Sandals for Mums & Kids

Have you heard of avarcas sandals? Well, even if it doesn't ring a bell, I'm sure you've seen them around.

Lil Pumpkin and I are no strangers to going matchy-matchy for our clothes or footwear and got our first 2 pairs of avarcas recently from a local shop, Verano. We read up more on their rich history and found out that they are actually
"... a style of Spanish leather sandals that originated in Menorca, a Balearic island nestled in the Mediterranean Sea. In the isolation of the Spanish Civil War during the 1940s, the strong and flexible sandals were made by farmers from natural leather and recycled tyres to navigate the archipelago and its steep, rocky terrain. In the 1960s, craftsmen began to commercialise avarcas, and since then, avarcas have grown to be favoured by locals and visitors alike."
Avarcas sandals are pretty perfect as semi-casual footwear when you're not in the mood to wear feet-killing heels, can't bear to squash your toes in ballet flats, yet don't want to be too sloppy in flip-flops. 

I like that they are extremely versatile too and are not only comfortable to wear from day to night, but stylish enough as well. The neutral colours go well with everything and its minimal profile elevates any outfit. Even the printed and bright pairs complements a simple outfit e.g a plain white tee and jeans combo can highlight their pop and quirk!

The first time I slipped on my avarcas I was blown away by how comfortable they are!!

The calf leather used is so buttery-soft and doesn't cut into my feet at all even after long hours of shopping, walking, running errands, chasing after Lil Pumpkin etc. I hate when that happens!

They are water-resistant {but obviously don't go walking in the pool with them!!} and can last longer than sandals with a synthetic or cork sole.. so gives pretty good mileage.

I've been told that they mold to your foot-bed after repeated wear and get even more comfortable with age too!

Verano means "summer" in Spanish. The lovely owners, Weiling {who also happens to be Lark & Peony's designer - Junie's, friend.. what a small world!} and Lin Hui, chose it for their shop's name as a kind of fusion between the origins of the avarcas sandals from Spain, as well as the endless summer here in Singapore. 

Avarcas from Verano are made with flexible and durable molded rubber soles in the traditional style, as well as a lightweight foam sole. They work with a family business in Menorca, Spain that hand-makes their avarcas with traditional methods and tools in a more laborious process - stitching the sole with thick waxed thread and a punch needle.

Verano has avarcas sandals in a variety of styles and colours. However, all the inner soles and top lining are made of leather. Even if the top layer is faux snakeskin, fabric or glitter, the inner part is still made of authentic, buttery-soft calf leather.

Taking into consideration the craftsmanship and quality materials used, Verano's adult range goes for S$84, and kids range costs S$64.

Lil Pumpkin is pretty fond of her new sandals too. The kids' styles have leather ankle straps with velcro closures to keep the sandals snug, yet makes it easy for the kids to easily take them on and off themselves. And like the adult versions, the rubber soles have deep ridges in them for added traction on smooth or wet surfaces. 

The avarcas are so chic, and in a way, provide a safer alternative to hard, plastic shoes or rubber clogs that are popular nowadays but have no comfortable in-soles and can potentially present a heightened risk of escalator entrapment especially to kids.

Verano carry European sizes 20 to 30 {U.S. 2.5 to 11.5} for girls and sizes 34 to 40 {U.S. 5.5 to 8.5} for ladies. Their cutting is much wider than traditional avarcas sandals that cater to the European foot. Asian feet tend to be a bit wider, and they have adapted their sandals for a better fit.

The leather sandals stretch, so I suggest taking your usual size or even going a size down. Also, I think because they are handmade, there may be be a little discrepancy in the sizing.

I'm wearing size 39 for both sandals but I find that the pink Horsehair Sangria is a teensy bit smaller than Box Calf {Ink}. Nothing too uncomfortable but if after getting your Avarcas you find that it doesn't suit your feet size, just holler out to the shop and I'm sure they can work something out for you.

Verano's avarcas sandals are currently stocked at PriviKids {Suntec City, Waterway Point & Changi City Point} and Excluniqueeee {Marina Square} so pop by to try out their sizes and cut. You can also buy directly from Verano's website since they have an online promo {see below for details}! They offer free shipping to Singapore addresses and deliver in 1-3 days. A men's collection is coming up soon so you can look out for that for the dads too. Matchy-matchy fun for the whole family? haha

Promo: If you refer a friend, they get 10% off their first purchase and you get S$10 store credit for every friend you refer too! ( ᐛ )و Plus, they randomly give away one of these cuties below with their online orders!! #iwantplease


P.S. Check out my tips on how to work the matchy-matchy mini me fashion trend here.

Disclosure: This is a review for Verano Singapore. All opinions are my own.

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6 comments:

Masshole Mommy said...

Those are the cutest sandals ever! I love them.

alissa apel said...

Those are really cute! I love the colors they come in.

After this weeks camp Isaak needs new shoes! My boy's feet never seem to grow. My sister talks about her kids feet growing like crazy. Mica's worn the same shoe size for 2 years now. Isaak shares his shoe size.

Small Kucing said...

very comfy footwear . :)

Stacy said...

They do look comfy all right! Not so dainty with the broad strap in front though.

anna said...

Nice information and the pictures are so awesome

Theresa Mahoney said...

I always adore your matchy matchy outfits with Little Pumpkin, so of course, I love the matchy shoes, too! I especially love the purple ones!