Pies Descalzos (English: Bare Feet) is the official debut studio album by Colombian singer-songwriter Shakira, released in 1996. It is widely considered as her breakthrough album, because of the commercial failure of her two previous "promotional" albums. The album features the hit singles "Estoy Aquí" and "¿Dónde Estás Corazón?". Worldwide, the album has sold 5 million copies.
Shakira was under a lot of pressure while producing this album. If she had failed to produce a suitably successful record, this would have been her third and last album, most likely ending her singing career. Shakira managed to produce the majority of the album. In the end, her efforts to keep her career alive paid off. Recording for the album began in February, 1995. After the success of her single "¿Dónde Estás Corazón?", Sony gave Shakira $100,000 to produce the album since they predicted that the album would not sell past 100,000 copies, however, the album sold more than 5 million copies, selling 1.2 million in Brazil alone.
Shakira rewrote many of her old songs with new melodies along with her partner Luis F. Ochoa. When promoting the album, Shakira was only given a small auditorium, the guests consisting of people who had heard about the press conference of the album. Shakira explains that the album is basically about her experiences in life and how she views society.