JOSE MARÍA AMAT AMER
A cultural and pedagogical space in which to discover the influence of the Footwear sector in the Industrial History of the Middle Vinalopó region, as well as contemplate the different Shoe and Machinery Collections of companies that brought about great prestige to the shoemaking sector.
The “José María Amat Amer” Footwear Museum is a reality thanks to the hard work of innumerable people who spent decades insisting on the need for an institution like this so as to preserve the Arts of the Trade as well as its History and Culture.
After hosting the FICIA (International Footwear and Related Industries Fair), Elda is the right city to become the venue for this Museum, due to its tradition of invaluable historic value in the shoemaking sector in Spain, renowned both nationally and internationally.
We boast the greatest collection of Shoes, Machinery, Infographics, Library and History related to all aspects of the field of Footwear.
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Visiting our Footwear Museum becomes a pleasant walk through the History of Footwear, the Factories and Shoemakers of old, the evolution of its Designs, Technology, and Footwear Fairs in Spain and the World.
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WOMAN IN THE BEST SHOES AWARD
The Woman in the Best Shoes in Spain is awarded this prize during an annual ceremony held in the Footwear Museum in Elda before celebrities, business people in this sector and the media. At this ceremony she receives the award and the pin with the symbol of the Winged Shoe representing the spirit of the award and which embodies the responsibility given when it comes to making the industry take off, making it rise past any borders. To such end, the woman awarded receives the most valuable jewels: pairs of shoes designed by the collaborating companies with the features of the woman awarded in mind. These are handed over during a ceremony on the same day.
Elda: Footwear City.
In 1967, the Footwear Industry of Spain achieved the greatest surplus of the trade balance in the country. Starring this achievement was the work developed by the FICIA (International Footwear and Related Industries Fair), which had been born in the city of Elda as the National Fair just six years earlier, in 1960. Such was the strength with which it was introduced in the Spanish economy, that in that short time it was able to overcome the citrus fruits, for instance, as the main export in those years.
Hundreds of years of footwear history hide in our galleries, awaiting your visit.
Are you studying? Do you need information? In order to help whoever wishes to learn part of the History of this Museum and the Shoemaking History of Elda, the Footwear Museum has made a compilation of pdf files which will be available for download very soon. We encourage you to return in the coming days so as to find out all the information by downloading our pdf files.
Stay informed at all times regarding the latest news in the world of the Shoemaking sector, as well as all the news related to Current Events chosen by us.
The José María Amat Amer Footwear Museum has been certified with the 'Q' Mark, the quality mark of the Spanish tourism sector awarded by the Institute for Spanish Tourism Quality (ICTE).