How an idea went international
del Rio London was originally inspired by the traditional shoe from the Balearic Islands; a style that the Spanish royal family continues to wear to this day. Linking sophisticated materials with artisanal tradition, each pair is meticulously handcrafted to create unique footwear that both looks and feels luxurious. del Rio timeless designs live beyond each season.
The traditional Balearic shoe was used by the Spanish/Swedish founder as a child spending summers in Ibiza. As an adult, she reimagined the shoe style she loved so much as a child into a high fashion flat in contemporary colourways and luxury materials. In 2010, Linda del Rio launched ‘del Rio’ in London. The following year, WWD declared del Rio “One of six hot emerging designers” turning the old shoe style into an essential classic summer shoe.
Today, del Rio’s high fashion flats are worn around the world and are stocked in leading boutiques and stores including Le Bon Marché, Matches Fashion, Harvey Nichols, The Store x Soho House Berlin, Alex Eagle and Nathalie Schuterman.
Traditionally made with cowhide leather and recycled rubber tyre soles that were hand finished, del Rio’s artisan craftsmen continue to use methods that have been used for decades and passed down through generations.
Echoes of the original Balearic shoe are found throughout our flats. We use a combination of rubber and leather or pure leather soles and handcraft every single pair. The natural surface of natural full grain leather beautifies with use and is the highest quality leather.
del Rio’s are a unique, modern interpretation: we use luxury materials in the season’s most fashionable colour palettes. There is a good chance that the material used in your shoes comes from overproduced fabrics from one of the world's leading design houses. We utilise as much of every skin and textile as possible and reuse remnants in our designs. At del Rio, we are committed to protecting and respecting the environment. We make a point of dealing with European tanneries and only with people we trust.
Many of our styles are only produced on a made to order basis so as not to accrue excess inventory or put undue stress on our environment. In addition, our shoes can be easily re-soled once their original soles have worn through, further extending their lifespan.
Whether you opt for more traditional tones or trendsetting style, you’ll always feel the quality and comfort of your del Rio’s in every step.