Avarkas or menorquinas are a type of footwear that is very popular in the Balearic Islands, Spain. The history of the avarka begins with Menorca, located in the sunny Balearic Islands. The inventor of avarka was an ordinary peasant. Shoemaking on the island has been a common activity since the 19th century and to this day the tradition of making these shoes by hand combining with technology, quality and design. The combination of these characteristics makes Menorcan shoes highly appreciated all over the world. As early as the 18th century, when shoes were still sold in the same workshops where they were manufactured, dark in color and with a silver buckle, was considered the most elegant on the market.
At first, they were made of leather upper and the sole was made of recycled car tires. This type of shoe is ideal for rocky terrain. Later, due to their strength and flexibility, they were used by peasants who saw this type of shoe as an ideal way to protect their feet during long days of hard work in the field. Since then, its original appearance and the initial use of Menorcan sandals have changed and evolved. Of course, nowadays, the sole is made of lightweight materials that are much lighter than tires.