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 lifestyle of one of Europe’s most dynamic cities. From this colorful setting comes Maians, a thoroughly unique line of plimsoll that fulfills the Spanish requisite of casual yet chic:100% hecho a mano en España.
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 in the Rioja region of Spain using regional material and vulcanized natural rubber: a painstaking process that results in a unique brand of footwear that is dashing, durable, and incomparably comfortable.
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.
The sole revival is aimed at using sustainable production methods. Our footwear is produced using the traditional manufacturing methods from here in Spain, our soles are manufactured using original moulds that were developed decades ago and in some cases had fallen into disuse, recovering these styles is also recovering the rich spanish shoemaking heritage.