On our last day in Montreal, I discovered a hidden gem of a shoe shop. I ducked into L’Espagne à vos pieds (which means Spain for your feet) looking for a gift for a friend’s upcoming birthday. What I found was an adorably authentic store that stocks walls and walls of brightly colored espadrilles from a small Spanish town where the shop owner’s grandfather lived. I met the owner, Diego, and his baby Esteban, who promptly stole my heart by being so chunky and calm.
Espadrilles are traditional footwear from the Basque region of Spain and are popular in the south of France. The versatile footwear with soles woven from Mediterranean grass has been worn since the 14th century.
L’Espagne à vos pieds has feet in modern and traditional worlds. One wall of the store features a touch screen where customers can interact with the shoes Diego hopes they will purchase. Videos of the shoes being made, slideshows of Spanish villages and more are made available to pique customers’ interest. The shop’s website is just as technologically advanced, offering a 360-degree tour of the shop and utilizing Google Maps.
After listening to Diego for a bit, I picked up a pair of denim espadrilles for my friend. She loves them (yay for good gift giving!) and I strongly encourage you to visit the site or L’Espagne à vos pieds when you’re in Montreal.
Where to find it:
4518 Rue Saint-Denis
Montreal, QC H2J 2L3
Photography by me. July 2012.