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Sculpture featuring pair of shoes has its place in history 

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San Juan de la Rambla has unveiled an unusual statue to pay homage to its past. It features a pair of shoes!

In the first decades of the 20th century, the municipality was known for the production and export of footwear, with more than 20 shoemakers and two factories.

The local council, together with the cultural association Martín Rodríguez, wanted to pay tribute to these craftsmen whose products became known throughout the island.

In fact, such was the recognition of the shoemakers that the poet Pedro García Cabrera in his work “Vuelta a la Isla” used this profession as the central axis of the poem dedicated to the municipality.

The monument has been designed by the sculptor Moisés Afonso and is situated in Calle Estrecha.

Ángel Martín Falcón, from the cultural association Martín Rodríguez, remembered his own father, a famous shoemaker who “for years has conveyed respect for work and commitment to clients. He and the young men met in the shoe shop for the famous daily gatherings, except Mondays, which were sacred because there was no work, it was the day of rest. “

The shoemakers lived their glorious time during the decades between the 30s and 50s of the 20th century, dedicating mostly production to clothing and work shoes.