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José Luis Iturriaga is the adventurous entrepreneur who, together with his wife Esmeralda, started a small handmade espadrilles workshop in Arnedo (La Rioja, Spain) with the ambition to become a successful shoe brand.

“I understood the value of the craftsmanship tradition of the region, but I also knew that with innovative technologies we could aspire to manufacture a top-quality product that joined the best from both worlds”. José Luis Iturriaga, Founder of Gaimo shoes.

The year was 1978, and Calzados Gaimo was born.

Fast-forwarding 40 years, the combination of vanguard and tradition is still today the essence of Gaimo shoes. Its designs can be found around the world, on the windows of the best stores in more than 100 countries.