Maians Shoes – History
The lively maritime district of Barcelona was once a barrier island called Maians, which over centuries became a peninsula: the Barceloneta. Artists, fishermen, travelers, bar flies, and local merchants have built a unique community here that combines a laid-back Mediterranean beach culture with the cosmopolitan style of one of Europe’s most dynamic cities. From this colorful setting comes Maians, a thoroughly unique line of plimsoll that fulfils the Spanish requisite of casual yet chic.
Maians Shoes – Philosophy
Detailed craftsmanship meets urban street style: this is the Maians formula, and it’s what characterizes each deftly assembled pair of our unabashedly good-looking shoes. Created by one of Barcelona’s most consummate designers, Alfonso De La Fuente Rey, each pair of Maians is handmade locally using regional material and vulcanized rubber: a painstaking process that results in a unique brand of footwear that is dashing, durable, and incomparably comfortable.
Our local ‘zapatilleros’ marshal generations of skill and knowhow to handcraft our products. The names of each model are those typical of the residents of Barcelona’s coastal ‘barrio’. Sisto, Domingo, Jacinto – these are the people of the Barceloneta to whom each pair of Maians is dedicated.
Maians uses a re-usable packaging that comes in new colors every season. This season is a peach colour. The shoe fits into a large size ice cream container. So very cool, so very environmentally friendly. Once you’ve got your shoes out of the box it is a perfect place to store those odds and ends at home or to pack up a small picnic for the beach or in this case your new shoes.
Men Style Fashion tried the first dedicated Maians shop in Barcelona. Maians are sold in various shoe shops across Europe but this is the first branded Maians Store. The shop looks great and I was greeted by a very friendly shop assistant proudly showing off his Maians. The Maians branding went as far as the changing bench and some serviettes used to clean your hands before trying on the beautifully crafted shoes.
Shop assistant with his Maians.
I bought these at the end. They are great to look at, cool and lightweight shoes.