When it comes to dressing the parts below the knee, Italian shoes are pretty much haute couture and the most sought-after type of shoes around. There is something about the words ‘Italian shoes’ that screams sexiness, quality, craftsmanship and stylishness. Italian designers are amongst the best footwear designers in the world and they really know the anatomy of the foot and leg, and how to make them look their best, no matter what the style of shoe.
Italian shoes are not all killer sexy heels, you can get loafers, wedges, sandals, slip-ons or mid-calf and full-length boots made in Italy. The Italians also do a fine line in men’s shoes, but you have to be careful to choose good quality and well-styled shoes as there are plenty of shoes out there that claim to be Italy’s finest, but which are in fact just creaky, shiny and tasteless. And then there are the shoes for babies, which are just the cutest and most fashionable things you’ll ever see on a child’s hoof!
You will often find that the traditional methods of tanning and shoemaking are still used in Italy, which means that the finest materials are chosen for the uppers and lining, and the shoes are hand sewn. This kind of quality often comes at a price, but with the global market putting pressure on manufacturers to compete with cheaper, good quality shoes from the east, Italian shoemakers are coming up with great shoes at lower prices.
The internet boom means that manufacturers are able to cut out the middleman, selling direct to their customers without the overheads of shops or huge commission payments. They can thus pass these savings on to you, the customer, and so you will find that shoes on the internet can be a lot cheaper than you find in the exclusive boutiques that stock the best Italian shoes.
Some Italian shoe designers have tried to tap into niche markets by creating shoes for people with malodorous feet, or sweaty feet. These shoes reduce the problems of malodour and clamminess making it possible to wear beautiful shoes without suffering (or inflicting) these problems. Also, though wide-fitting Italian shoes are more readily available than they used to be, it is difficult to find Italian shoes for wide feet as they tend to be pointy and dainty, or designed for tiny feet in general.