Almansa is a small, quiet town, halfway between Albacete and Valencia. Its history dates back to Roman times. The castle, which is the most representative of Castilla La Mancha, is built on top of Cerro del Águila, a large rock that crowns the city. The historic quarter, which was declared a historic-artistic site, is formed by narrow streets that surround the castle. For the last 4 centuries, this small town has been dedicated, almost exclusively, to the ancient work of making shoes.
Historical records show that the production of artisan shoes began to flourish in Almansa at the beginning of the 18th century. The shoes were made in small workshops, each with a 'Maestro' craftsman, assisted by a couple of clerks and an apprentice. The production made in these workshops was intended for local self-sufficiency and later sale and commercialization in the markets of the nearby towns. At the end of the 18th century, over 200 small workshops were registered. These workshops, through a process of automatic accumulation, would generate enough capital to result in the establishment of the first factories.
The Coloma family played a key role in the late 19th century in shoe production. They are highly regarded as the true authors of Almansa's shoe manufacturing business development. In 1815, Antonio Coloma opened a small leather workshop, which, after a few years of hard work, new ideas and technological breakthroughs, became Calzados Coloma, the largest factory in Spain, with over 1,200 workers. Shoe production in Almansa during 1904 was estimated at 87,000 pairs per year, rising to 4.3 million pairs in 1912.
Throughout history, shoemakers from Almansa have gone through countless stages of both growth and crisis. This has made them mature and achieve a large degree of experience and craftsmanship to overcome the market's challenges. Since the birth of the first artisan workshops to the actual situation, this city has lived around the production and development of shoes.