Last year, when I showed you a certain shop in the Born, I told you of my love for Maians shoes, and how the style has made my heart beat faster ever since I was little. So you can imagine my delight, when I saw that Maians has opened a beautiful shop, right here, in Barcelona! Fancy checking it out? Great! Let’s shop: Maians.
You’ll find the shop on Carrer Princesa 49, on a sunny spot almost on the edge of the Born, and inside, a friendly shop attendant and the great styles that make up the collections for both men and women that Maians create, using traditional hand crafting methods and styles, which have been recreated by combining great fabrics with delightful colours.
The interior of the shop was designed by the very same person who designs the shoes each season. And just as the shoes are essentially simple in style but with a touch of the fun and funky, the shop design is simple and coherent, but very effective, to ensure the product is displayed for optimum effect.
This year a new element has been added to the Maians collections: a series of caps in beautiful light-weight fabrics, to keep your head cool during the hot Summer months – and add a touch of style to your head as well as to your feet.
Candy colours or beautiful chambray and mesh effects characterise the styles this S/S 2012 collection, and make me wish my feet were bigger (and that I had more money) so I could buy every single one of them – they are all so covetable, and make me feel not a little greedy!
The shop is covered in shoes, literally, for its 3 windows are full of shoes (and caps), displayed simply but very nicely, and the side wall, made up of a mesh structure that divides the shop space from the storage space, displays all the available styles. Above the shoes, a series of large B/W photos offer a glimpse of the way the shoes are handcrafted. And that is the beauty of Maians products: they are all made in Spain, and by hand.
Every season the packaging – which is a wonderful reusable plastic box – changes colour, and so does the colour of the lining used for the shoes, as well as the upholstery fabric used on the bench. Last season it was a bright lemon yellow; this season salmon is ‘on the menu’.
Make sure to check out the caps when you visit the shop, for they are made of natural fabrics and will definitely keep your head cool when the weather hots up.
Your feet will be happy ones dressed in any of the Maians styles, for they will be fresh and stylish, and smelling of strawberries. Yes, of strawberries! All of the Maians shoes smell of strawberries, thanks to the vulcanised rubber used for the soles which smells this way. And even if you wash them (many of the styles can be washed – how cool is that?!) they will continue to do so.
See how the lining and the shoe boxes match (above)? Nice detail, eh?
Maians can be found on Carrer Princesa 49, and opens from 11am until 8pm from Monday-Saturday.