Italy is all about luxury leather goods. When it comes to accessories, Italians know best. The quality, craftsmanship, and design that come from the many big fashion houses here are second to none. Why do you think the country has such a huge stronghold of the luxury market? Especially when it comes to footwear! Italian shoe designers are some of the best in the world, trotting out iconic pieces and establishing an A-list clientele of celebrities and other influential personalities. Among those that have gained fame around the world, here are the ones that you really should know already!
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Sleek, sophisticated, and oh so sexy. These are what best describe the Sergio Rossi brand. The designer opened his first shoe store back in 1951, eventually rising to fame in the 1960s where he started to dress notable women. His biggest break came when he dressed Anita Eckberg in the Federico Fellini film, 'La Dolce Vita,' most notably during the iconic Trevi Fountain scene. And since then, his brand of sleek and sophisticated heels have dominated runways, red carpets, and women's wardrobes alike. To this day, he's one of few that can rival French shoe designers in the luxury market.
Very rarely do fashion and art collide in Italy. This isn't to say that there aren't any conceptual Italian designers
out there. But compared to Paris haute couture hoses, Italian fashion brands have often relied on mainstream and commercial styles. Not, however, Giuseppe Zanotti! For more than a quarter of a century, the Italian shoemaker has trotted out avant-garde pairs that have hit the runways and red carpet alike. His works range from the artistic to the most classic, constantly pushing the envelope on designer footwear. It's no wonder style stars like Beyoncé Knowles and Taylor Swift have worn Giuseppe Zanotti over the years!
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Although Gucci has become a major player in streetwear over the last few years, it remains a notable mainstay in the designer footwear market. In fact, Gucci has always been about leather goods since it was first founded in 1921. It's only thanks to designers like Tom Ford
and Alessandro Michele that it became a major Italian fashion house. But ever since, the label's leather goods remained its best-selling pieces. Not the least of which are the shoes. From the classic loafers—which you can now get lined with fur!—to trendier sneakers, Gucci footwear is still ahead of the pack!
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Now, if you want to talk about classic footwear, look no further than Salvatore Ferragamo! Like Gucci, Salvatore Ferragamo is a brand that started out in leather goods but eventually became a mainstay in the high fashion scene. Before they knew it, they became a highly anticipated show every Milan Fashion Week
. But no matter how striking the brand's apparel lines are, the shoes are still the stars of the show. They're the pinnacle of designer leather shoes, sticking to classic silhouettes with a more updated look. It's no wonder famous clientele over the years range from Greta Garbo and Judy Harland to Angelina Jolie and Jennifer Lopez.
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Founded by Colombian-born Edgardo Osorio in 2011, Aquazzura is among the younger brands on this list. But that doesn't mean it's any less prestigious. On the contrary, this label deserves as much praise as the more established brands since it has achieved its own signature aesthetic in a span of one decade. Relying on eye-catching colors, glossy embellishments, and lots of sparkle & shine, Aquazzura shoes are nothing short of glamorous. They're the dreamy type of designer footwear that even middle-class women will save up for just to by their favorite pairs!
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What's so great about Giannico despite being a young brand is that it has mastered the balance between couture and comfort. Of course, when it comes to designer footwear, women would want to have as much sparkle and shine as possible. But that doesn't mean they have to sacrifice their comfort as well. Enter Giannico, whose striking pairs feel as good as they look. They rarely produce heels that are high, your feet look disjointed. Instead, their silhouettes are practical while the designs look as fabulous as ever. Even Carrie Bradshaw would trade in her uncomfy Manolos for a pair from Giannico!
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Oscar Tiye is all about that cosmopolitan glamour! The designer knows that when women pay large sums of money for a single pair of shoes, they better be worth it. That's why many of his works are striking, attention-grabbing, and ready for the limelight! These are the types that they'd pair with their designer duds
to go out and party in. Or what they'd wear if ever they were lucky enough to go glamorous events like the Oscars
or the Cannes Film Festival
. Truly chic and special, Oscar Tiye's footwear always stays on top of the fashion scale!
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Italians truly know their stuff when it comes to designer footwear. From the most classic of styles to the most avant-garde pairs, not to mention some glossy glamour to boot, these luxury labels offer the best and most beautiful shoes from Italy!
Here's to hoping that all your amazing pairs from these incredible Italian designer footwear brands will fit inside your closet in your luxury home