In the middle of the XVIII century the first information about the existence of a craft activity, closely connected with shoes, appears in Elda.
From 1850 till 1885 the shoe industry had a consolidation process making this industry the first economical activity in the area.
At the end of the XIX century, the village of Elda had a lot of big shoe manufactories with an employment of more than 400 workers for some of them.
Between 1960 and 1970, the local shoe industry of Elda has made a very big expansion. It was also the beginning of the conquest of several extern markets.
The museum is organized in four sections:
Documents - Archives
Books, documents referring to the internal life of the factories, catalogues and so on. This section also includes works of art related to footwear; diplomas, pictures etc..
Shoes - Models
Old an recent shoe collections, awarded models and reproductions of historical models
All kind of manual tools of the shoemaker. Measurement tools and several objects, very often made in rudimentary way.
An extensive range of machinery from the end of the XIX century. Here we can follow step by step the technical evolution of the footwear industry.
Fundación Museo del Calzado
Avenida de Chapi, 32 - 03600 ELDA (Alicante)
Tuesday - Saturday 10.00-13.00 y 16.00-20.00
Sunday 10.00 - 13.00