Milan is not only home to major luxury brands. In the shadow of the most famous names, local craftsmen are busy offering you masterpieces in the art of shoemaking, all over the Lombard city. Authors of the handmade in Italy label will re-introduce you to the pleasure of picking a pair of shoes.
Belfiore Calzature, craftsman since 1953
Large shop windows adjoin the entrance door of this Milanese institution, nestled between Corso Vercelli and Piazza Wagner. Gian Alberto Pontiggia and his wife manage the place and will welcome you with a high level of demand and professionalism. They guide customers coming from all over the world with passion for their craft and infinite kindness. If the brand is especially well known for making ankle boots, you'll also love their loafers, buckled and lace-up shoes. Production is entirely made in Italy and the price-quality ratio is unbeatable. A little extra: you can ask for your initials to be engraved on the sole of the shoes!
Via Belfiore 9
+39 02 46 80 42
Spelta Milano, honour to the ballerina
Ballerinas of all shapes and colours fill this ballet shoe temple. The Spelta brand was born in Milan in the 1960s. However, ballerinas will have to wait until the 1980s to win recognition, unblemished throughout the years since then. “On what account?” you may ask. Their expertise allies talented historical craftsmanship with a timeless style. Handmade, the shoes are customizable at leisure. The biggest sellers of the brand remain the Nicole and Lola models. Spelta Milano is the ideal place to find the ballerinas you always wished for!
Via Solferino 1
Lario 1898, passionate about women
As the name suggests, this shoemaking brand has been active since 1898. In 1910 already, 300 worker bees were busy in the Lario factory. Today, the brand is known and renowned for its unrivalled expertise and its special feature is to handcraft all sorts of leather, from the thinnest to the thickest, giving subtle delicateness to the Lario style. With an acute sense of detail and care for the evolutions of fashion, this firm speaks to contemporary women looking for quality products with an aesthetic affirmation. Boots, stilettos or derbies, in shiny or soft leather, with or without heels... there is a shoe for everyone. Treat yourself!
Via Pietro Mascagni 2
Gianvito Rossi, talent from father to son
Gianvito Rossi is none other than famous shoemaker Sergio Rossi's son. This Italian designer inherited his father's talent and now owns several outlets to his name, not to mention his own factory in Milan. Make a detour via the Santa Spirito shop, the most sumptuous of the lot. The chic front window suggests a lush interior space. The elegant and spacious decoration highlights shelves filled with shoes, for women patrons only. You will at once feel at ease in the large leather sofas that take centre space in the shop, as staff members remain available. Find coloured and delicate stilettos, shaped for refined and distinguished women.
Via Santo Spirito 7
Riccardo Freccia Bestetti, the enthusiast
Add creativity, talent and a strong sense of detail to the aesthetic trio of traditional colours, delicate tones and subtle varnish touches and you have the Riccardo Freccia Bestetti brand. It is in Texas, USA, that the founder Riccardo cut his teeth, before opening a workshop in the suburb of Milan. For that matter, the cow-boy boots are still part of the collection. With intimacy and love for his work, Riccardo has always worked on order and established a privileged relationship with his male customer base over the years. After his untimely death in 2016, Marco took over the reins. The new owner has made a point of perpetuating the genius and demanding character of his predecessor. The workshop is located in Vigevano on the outskirts of Milan. Make sure to call in advance, as the order book fills up way in advance!
Riccardo Freccia Bestetti
Via Manara Negrone, 32 R