Shoes, “scapini, pianelle and chopine” in the Venetian calli

The Venetian Civic Museums have presented a selection of lesser-known artefacts on the web, preserved in the various collections of the MUVE, which testify to the evolution of taste, fashion and daily customs, offering a focus on objects of the city’s craftsmen. These include shoes from various eras, preserved at the Correr Museum, Palazzo Mocenigo, the Study Centre for the History of Fabric, Costume and Perfume, designed by shoemakers (calegheri) and craftsmen working in leather, leather, soles and wood for clogs (patistari) or others specialising in imaginative and precious decorations, faithfully reproduced in paintings, which illustrate the daily customs of lords and common people.

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Barbera Sandro & Figli

Founded in 1968, Barbera Sandro & Figli is an artisan company that has its roots in a long tradition of leather processing to create entirely handmade and fully customizable shoes, the result of careful research of the finest materials (strictly Italian) and manual skills handed down from father to son that expresses, with their creations, […]

Biella

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Leather

L. AB di Alfio Bruschi

An artisan workshop specializing in bespoke footwear. A tradition that has been handed down from father to son and that Alfio Bruschi has been continuing since 1975 in his own shop in Montegranaro, in the province of Fermo. In 2000, the brand was established and began collaborating with international brands in the footwear world and […]

Montegranaro (FM)

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Leather

La Casa della Scarpa dal 1961 di Orgallo Lorenzo

La Casa della Scarpa was established in 1961 by Achille and Salvatore Orgallo, as a shoe and leather repair shop. The core business is still artisan repairs but when Lorenzo, Salvatore’s son, joined his father a few years ago, the shop came to specialize in the production of made-to-measure wooden shoes, strictly made by hand […]

La Spezia

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Damiano Chiappini

Damiano Chiappini comes from a long line of cobblers. He learned the trade secrets from his father Luigi who, in the 1930s, as was the custom at that time, went to the customers’ houses to make their shoes, completely by hand and all made to measure. Patience, hard work and attention to detail: these are […]

Montegranaro (FM)

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Sandali Siniscalchi Sorrento

Siniscalchi has been selling and shipping handmade sandals for women, men and children all over the world for over 50 years. In addition to leather, other natural skins, semi-precious stones, shells and Swarovski crystals are used to make the sandals and customers can have their shoes personalized. All items are 100% made in Italy, with […]

Sorrento (NA)

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Leather

Bettanin e Venturi

Bettanin e Venturi is a family craft business now in its fifth generation: started as a saddlery maker in the 1800s, the workshop then specialized in custom-made shoes and, in the ‘60s-70s, it expanded and diversified into a more structured business. The company produces mostly men’s shoes and, as an exception, women’s shoes if inspired […]

Milano

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Leather

Segalin di Daniela Ghezzo

Custom-made shoes: one of the very few things designed to combine luxury, elegance and comfort. The shoes made by Daniela Ghezzo cocoon the feet in a caressing touch. She learned the technique, but also began creating her own style, by dividing her time between a Roman workshop specialising in men’s shoes and the Venetian workshop […]

Venezia

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Gabriele Gmeiner

Gabriele Gmeiner decided to work in Venice after about ten years of studying and training all over Europe, including the study of artisanal shoemaking techniques at London’s Cordwainers College and saddlery at the Centre de Formation Technologique Grégoire of Paris, where he worked at the John Lobb and Hermès workshops. Since 2002, he has been […]

Venezia

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Franco Cimadamore

The Franco Cimadamore brand was established in the 1930s and distinguishes itself, now as then, for its refined and timeless products, entirely handcrafted, with the care and dedication of the craftsmen of the past. These shoes are made for those who want to stand out, and the firm boasts national and international jet-setters among its […]

Montegranaro (FM)

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Mannina

In the heart of the historic centre of Florence, in 1953, the Mannina workshop was founded. Following in the footsteps of Calogero, today his son Antonio produces entirely handmade shoes for men and women. A quality selection of leathers and precise workmanship make these shoes indestructible masterpieces. Brogues, moccasins and ankle boots to meet the […]

Firenze

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Roberto Ugolini

The Roberto Ugolini workshop, in the heart of Florence, makes shoes entirely by hand that will cradle everyone’s feet, while respecting the particularities of each customer. In addition to the vast range of models available in the workshop, in fact, the artisans are able to fulfil the customer’s requests in the best way possible. The […]

Firenze

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Peron & Peron

Bruno Peron’s passion for the art of footwear was born in the late 60s. After learning the trade secrets, in 1985 he opened his first Peron brand shop, now known internationally, thanks to the work of his son Simone, who, in 1995, brought the Peron creations to Pitti Uomo. Not only tailor-made, not only handmade, […]

Bologna

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Leather

Stefano Bemer

The perfect Italian shoe: this is the ambitious goal that Stefano Bemer set himself in 1983 when he started his business in the heart of Florence. And indeed, this brand of men’s shoes, made by hand, have become synonymous with quality and excellence, and, even today, after the untimely death of Stefano, Tommaso Melani carries […]

Firenze

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Il Micio

For the last ten years Fukaya Hidetaka has been working in his workshop making customised shoes, in the alleys of Florence between Via della Vigna Nuova and Via della Spada, in the company of a large black cat. After graduating from fashion school in Japan, he studied in Siena and cutting his teeth in various […]

Firenze

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La veloce Calzolaio

Gjovalin Gavoci grew up admiring his grandfather’s skilful work, the grandfather who with passion and dedication made customized footwear. Today, with his son Julian, Gjovalin creates works of wearable art. Shoes made to measure, created according to the tastes and needs of the customer, using exotic and traditional leathers, with matching belts and wallets. All […]

Ferrara

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Stivaleria Savoia

This historic shop was opened in Milan in 1925 by the Ballini family, heirs of the experience of master shoemakers who made boots for the Savoy regiment of the nearby barracks. Maurizio Marinella, a known lover of excellence in craftsmanship, took over in 2004 to carry on the tradition. Today, in the elegant shop-workshop, customers […]

Milano

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Vivian Saskia Wittmer

Saskia Wittmer learned the craft of making bespoke shoes in Germany from the best master shoemaker. After some years travelling around Europe as an apprentice in the best artisan workshops, she arrived in Florence to work with Stefano Bemer, another prestigious name in bespoke shoemaking. Saskia has had her own workshop for fifteen years, where […]

Firenze

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Marini 1899

When it comes to creating custom-made shoes, Marini takes the matter very seriously: every stage is performed by hand, starting from the wooden last, made to the specifications of the customer’s feet, up to every single detail regarding the shoes. Marini was established in 1899 by Giuseppe Marini, a master shoemaker who, owing to his […]

Roma