Avarcas have become a Minorcan ambassador to the world

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Minorcan Sandals

Foot fetish

Though it does tend to overlap with the weaving tradition mentioned elsewhere, shoemaking on Minorca merits special mention. In centuries past, the distinctive sandals known as avarcas were considered the lowly footwear of farm and ranch hands - a simple construction of rubber sole, open toe, and a little leather strap over the ankle. Yet these days they're luxury items that are the symbol of summer; seen on catwalks and fancy feet all over the world; and one of this island's most exported products and moneymakers. Minorca of course remains avarca central, and they're available in a nearly bewildering choice of colours and styles.

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