Mallorca’s shoe-making tradition dates to the 19th century, after the island’s wine industry was devastated, its vineyards destroyed by an aphid infestation. Forced to take up other trades, many Mallorquins began working with leather and a shoe making industry was born.
The first design of the Mallorcan shoe brand, Camper (named with the Catalan word for peasant, camperol), was based on those worn by Mallorquin farmers in the fields more than a century ago (originally made from old fabric and a piece of tire rubber). Camper’s founding family have been shoemakers in Mallorca since the 1800s and introduced the first sewing machines and modern techniques to the island following a trip to England. There remain only a handful of shoemakers, though most are still family-run businesses.
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