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you count the lux­ury chain stores of the Pas­seig de Grà­cia or are re­ally, re­ally into Zara). But La Man­ual Al­par­gat­era is dif­fer­ent. Opened just af­ter the Span­ish Civil War, the work­shop cum show­room sells only tra­di­tion­ally crafted es­padrilles, the ropesoled shoes that are the re­gion’s most last­ing gift to fash­ion. Work­ers here speak Cata­lan, so find­ing a size and style that works for you can be an ad­ven­ture — but if they’re good enough for Sal­vador Dalí, Jean Paul Gaultier, and Michael Dou­glas, they’re good enough for you.

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