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We talk about quality, luxury, elegance. We simply speak of Italian shoes. The excellence of Made in Italy allows shoes produced in Italy to be the undisputed queens in the footwear market. Classic or sporty, elegant or eccentric, Italian shoes like inside and outside national borders, so much to  deserve the distinction among the most exported products, showing the world the skill of the abled Italian artisans and designers, in addition to the great attention of Italian footwear brands for high quality. Not to mention fashion and the ability to customize the product, because, more than any other item of clothing, shoes can tell who you are, where you come from and where you want to go.

Elegant shoes

Elegant Italian shoes

Italian shoes: little small business realities and big famous brands

At the origin of each production of Italian shoes there is the workshop of a craftsman, a small family-run company that has become the base around which the famous brands of famous shoes have developed. The most important footwear companies in Italy have grown in this way, replicating the model of the small artisan companies from which they were born: excellent materials used for protection, attention to customer needs, patient dedication to attention to detail. The Italian style has conquered the world from the bottom, from the numerous shoemaking districts scattered in our country: the Neapolitan one, the Verona one and the Fermano-Macerata one, for example. Today there is a double trend in the Italian shoe market: on the one hand big brands, shoes that celebrate the marriage between luxury and fashion, and smaller, but no less prestigious, companies. Among the most famous Italian shoes brands, there are also those related to the main fashion houses that, in addition to footwear, are dedicated to clothing and the most varied accessories, such as Gucci, Armani and Prada.

Italian shoes in the window

Italian shoes in the window

The best Italian shoes: the world at the feet of Made in Italy to have the Made in Italy at the feet

There are many Italian entrepreneurs who have decided to invest in the specialized footwear production right away. It is possible to draw up a list of the best Italian shoes.

SALVATORE FERRAGAMO

Founding the brand was the namesake Florentine entrepreneur, in 1928. To decree the world success were the Hollywood divas, for which “the master of Italian shoes” created customized models, personalized. It is possible to view the evolution of Ferragamo’s production and style in the Museum created by the founder’s wife, Wanda Miletti, in 1995. It is said that a Ferragamo shoe recognizes itself at the first glance for the unmistakable aura of class that every model emanates. An example above all: the elegant ballerinas “Varina” and their characteristic bow.

Salvatore Ferragamo shoes

Salvatore Ferragamo shoes

SUPERGA

From the boots of mondine to sneakers for teenagers. The brand born in Turin in 1911 has come a long way. The Italian shoe brand has been able to reinvent itself over time, creating a real youth status symbol: the canvas shoes, available in the most varied colors and models. Difficult to choose the one that best suits your personality and then, in doubt, it is better to take them all. No need to say “comfortable and versatile shoes, suitable for the most varied occasions”, it is enough to say Superga.

Superga shoes

Superga shoes

TOD’S

This family-owned shoe factory, founded in the early 1900s, has now become a multinational holding company, specialized in the production of luxury Italian shoes. We are talking about the most famous model in the world: the Hogan, essential for the feet of every self-respecting fashionist. Not everyone knows that in the Tod’s warehouses the moccasins with rubber on the sole have been designed and produced. The strong point of the company? The craftsmanship, treated in every detail. Each product is a unique piece.

Tod's shoes

Tod’s shoes

GEOX


It is an all-Italian idea, that of the “breathing shoe”. Mario Moretti Polegato was illuminated during a walk in Nevada, literally suffocated by the heat caused by his rubber-soled shoes. Soon done: an engraving in the base and away. That brilliant emergency solution was embodied in the Geox patent, the inimitable model of breathable shoe. The most popular and famous Italian shoes have holes, fortunately.5. MELLUSO
A sub-scale of the Rione Sanità, in Naples, was the first site of what would become one of the most famous Italian shoes brands. A leading company in the field of comfortable footwear, it has been able to preserve the craftsmanship base over time, without renouncing the progress of industrial technologies: when we say “stay two feet in a shoe”, a Melluso shoe obviously.

Geox shoes

Geox shoes

MELLUSO

A subscale of Rione Sanità, in Naples, was the first seat of what would become one of the most famous italian shoe brands. A leading company in the field of comfortable footwear, it has been able to preserve the craftsmanship base over time, without renouncing the progress of industrial technologies: when we say “stay two feet in a shoe”, a Melluso shoe obviously.

Melluso shoes

Melluso shoes

FRATELLI ROSSETTI

A village in the Milan area. A shoemaker addicted to sports. These are the main ingredients of the history of the Fratelli Rossetti S.p.A. that from Parabiago, in Lombardy, in the 50s, has come to dress the feet of men and women from all over the world. Italian shoes of exquisite workmanship, made by skilled hands and attentive to details.

Fratelli Rossetti shoes

Fratelli Rossetti shoes

GIUSEPPE ZANOTTI

Who says “woman” says “damage”. Who says “women’s shoes” says “Zanotti”. A true Italian shoe designer who has worked with the biggest international fashion houses since the 90s to sign wonderful collections of women’s shoes. The brand that bears his name counts 50 points of sale in the world, while he continues to win prizes as the best designer of the Planet.

Giuseppe Zanotti shoes

Giuseppe Zanotti shoes

ALBERTO FERMANI

“The shoes that are well worn are the ones you will love and that you will always wear on every occasion”: this is the slogan of the shoe factory. The extraordinary and the everyday find the perfect match in Italian shoes signed by Alberto Fermani. Founded in 1960 in the Marche region, the company produces high quality women’s shoes, between ancient Italian craftsmanship tradition and innovative production techniques.

Alberto Fermani shoes

Alberto Fermani shoes

BRUNO MAGLI

American property, Italian production. The company of Bruno Magli, founded in Bologna in 1930, was saved from bankruptcy, being able to continue producing Italian shoes of the highest quality. An unmistakable style, so much to be immediately identified also by the investigators of the famous case O.J. Simpson: FBI expert William Bodziak declared that the blood prints found at the site of the double murder of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman had been left, without any doubt, by a pair of “Bruno Magli” shoes, size 45 of 230 dollars, model “Lorenzo”. The killer was never found. The perfect crime, the shoes as well.

Bruno Magli shoes

Bruno Magli shoes

SERGIO ROSSI


“Made in Italy luxury shoes”
, is the definition that stands on the site of Sergio Rossi. The imperative is “always being fashionable”, with colors, patterns and shapes that go with the most varied trends of our century. From the ’60s towards the challenges of the future, winking at the patient labor.

Sergio Rossi shoes

Sergio Rossi shoes

SANTONI

The elegance of Santoni shoes has conquered men all over the world. Custom made Italian shoes and exclusive lines. There is no shortage of the limited edition series in the catalogue of the shoe factory created in 1975 which now boasts a reserved space in the main international boutiques of men’s clothing. Choosing luxury is perhaps not from “saints”, but certainly from Santoni.

Santoni shoes

Santoni shoes

ERMENEGILDO ZEGNA


From the passion of a single man is born a brand that today counts over 500 boutiques and 7,000 employees worldwide. Tailored suits and shoes that have conquered the heart of the East. From the small Piedmontese factory of 1910 to the unstoppable growth today.

Ermenegildo Zegna shoes

Ermenegildo Zegna shoes

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