The workshop has its origins in 1983, when Joan Doblas, with the help of his grandfather Antoni Camps, who was a shoemaker, became interested in creating his own models. From that moment on, Joan Doblas made a name for himself in the world of handmade shoes in Menorca and obtained the Master Craftsman’s Charter for Shoemaking in 1993, awarded by the Government of the Balearic Islands, and the Craftsmanship Quality Denomination.
To make some of the finishes on his shoes, Joan Doblas uses a shoemaker’s iron foot that he has kept from his grandfather, an essential tool used by cobblers. The raw material used is leather, usually cowhide, and the soles come from motorbike tyre covers. Each piece is properly glued and stitched, which guarantees its quality and durability. Each pair of abarcas can take approximately three quarters of an hour to make. In 2008, he patented a model of sandals in which the protagonist is a lizard from Menorca, a model he called Dragó.
Can Doblas is open to the public from April to October and, in addition to the shoes, you can find the typical key rings in the shape of miniature abarcas, one of the most typical souvenirs of the island, which Joan was one of the first to create.