ABOUT ME

 

My name is Belén Dols and I am passionate about the design and elaboration of handmade footwear. This is now my profession.

 

To say that I have not always been a shoemaker …, everything started in 2013, I worked in a large corporation in which everything was reduced to “user number, password and goals achieved”. The rest was not relevant. No matter the people, or the clients, or the hours of work, or if you had a name, or if you were right or wrong …., Only numbers and profitability. Many meetings. Pressure, pressure and more pressure

One day, I wanted to buy some boots of a certain style. Back then, my life was crazy and I was looking for something elegant and comfortable at the same time. My feet were torn from wearing heels. I could not find what I was looking for anywhere. I searched and searched, in stores in my city and on the Internet … (when something gets in my head …). So I decided to transform some boots I had in the closet. I got scraps of leather, scissors, thread and needle to sew skin and I got down to work.

 

That’s when the magic happened …, creating those boots I felt happy. I even split a tooth by sewing the skins, biting the needle to pass it through the skin. The next day when I woke up, I remembered the sensation of awakening on Three Kings Day. I felt I had a gift to wear that day … My new boots!! (Which by the way are horrible, but they changed my life)

 

So I had no idea that this event was going to be so relevant in my life. It did not even occur to me to reconvert my professional career. Out of curiosity, I decided to take a course and found the Nataliya-Menárguez School of Arts and Crafts in Elda (Alicante), and there among lasts, skins, patterns, tools and heels I enjoyed the best 15 days of my life.

 

After that course, some more came, and little by little I set up a workshop in my house, as a hobby. I started to make sandals and I also started dreaming. In 2018 I left my job and opened my Atelier in the Old Town of Palma. A lovely little shop with a workshop. There I spend most of my time, creating comfortable and beautiful shoes and bags in all sizes, made especially for you.

 

The Atelier is not a typical shop. Upon entering you can see my design table, full of lasts, cardboards, pencils, tape measure, cutter and some shoes that have not yet been published on the web. There is also a bit of stock that you can buy at the moment. I always invite you to see the workshop that I have on the floor below, I call it “the laboratory” where I spend a large part of the day.

 

There you can choose skins to customize your own design while enjoying a glass of cava and some chocolates. An experience that I enjoy sharing with all the people who come to have a look.

 

You can come and visit me whenever you want in Can Tamorer 6 Street in Palma de Mallorca. I will be happy to assist you in person.

Do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions!