What do you love about operating a business with your family?
I really love the flexibility of working around the kids’ school and childcare arrangements, working closely with my husband (most days!) and also the passion we all feel for the Menorca Sandals and our PONS brand.
This includes my little ones who promote the brand any time they can at the playground when other kids and their mums ask them about their beautiful glittery sandals (so funny, I don’t pay them, I promise!)
What made you want to bring menorcan sandals to Australia?
I grew up wearing these sandals, I am Spanish. My kids were born here in Australia, and I really felt there were not too many options in the market where support and comfort were a priority in sandals, but also looked so good the kids wanted to wear them as well.
My kids have always been picky with shoes – if they are too tight, too loose, not soft enough, or not pretty enough! Our Menorca Sandals offered a combo of all important things and we started bringing kids sandals, and soon, their mums got very interested in the grown-up models too.
We, nowadays, sell more grown-up pairs than kids and we are focused on bringing different models, and styles, as well as colours, prints and glitters in both vegan and leather options. It really started as a creative outlet to my day job as a digital transformation consultant, and it’s grown to a great small business in the last 4 years.
Tell us about the Spanish influence in the design, inspiration and background of your sandals?
Our sandals are known as ‘avarcas’ or ‘menorquinas’ in Spain - they originated as farmers’ shoes in the island of Menorca, as they are very resilient, comfortable but allow for breathability in warm weather as well. Since toes are covered, they are very safe to wear.
Our manufacturer, Avarca PONS, founded by has been operating since 1945. Today, the brand is run by the third generation of the PONS family, with 13 employees (supporting another 13 families, some of them part of the PONS family themselves!).
There are many brands of avarcas in the market these days, but we advise customers to only purchase from those who have ‘certification guarantee’ as ‘Avarca de Menorca’. Our Menorca Sandals offer this guarantee, which qualifies their quality as exceptional (with appropriate thickness in the leather and rubber soles, so the shoe is resilient and lasts long wear).