Avarca (shoe)

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A pair of Avarcas.
Avarcas for sale in Minorca.

The avarca (Catalan pronunciation: [əˈvarkə], plural avarques) is a type of sandal popular in the Balearic Islands, especially Minorca. The shoes are made using a leather upper and a rubber sole.

Avarca is a traditional sandal originally developed in Minorca in the Balearic Islands. They were originally made from a leather upper and with the sole made from a recycled car tyre. Nowadays however the soles are made in the style of a car tyre but from a purpose made mould. These are hard wearing and much lighter in weight than the original car tyre sole.

Only original avarca manufacturers are granted with the label " Avarca de Menorca ". This label is granted by local Government and guarantees that avarcas accomplishes minimum quality standards and avarcas are really manufactured in Minorca island.