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Best Foot Forward - Artisanal Shoe Designers

Posted on March 01 2017


Here are some of our favorite artisanal shoemakers from Europe. As collectively, we as tasteful consumers can rest assured that luxurious goods from France, England and Italy will be of exceptional standards — whether a sports car made in Italy or a fine French wine — and even surprise us, which is a luxury in itself.

It’s important to first raise a point on the stylistic differences between the English and our French and Italian neighbors. Whilst English shoemakers are by definition very understated, classic and traditional — traits developed through time as a result of the quintessential British style foundation — their neighbors are in a lot of ways, more avant-garde in their design ethos with sharper toes, flamboyant colors and dramatic lines. Nonetheless, a shared strand of DNA runs through the uncompromising pursuit of artisanal perfection, exemplified through these five iconic makers and their chosen iconic models. Shot in the Punch Room at the London Edition Hotel, Berners Street, its paired back, warm and relaxed decor works perfectly in highlighting each shoe’s charm and quality, and if you happen to be in the area it’s worth a visit, their festive cocktail menu is spectacular.


Since its founding in 1975, Santoni has moved from strength to strength, as well as upscaling from a small, artisanal workshop in central Italy to their factory in Corridonia, which is run entirely on solar power and is as green as green can be. As such, it’s only fitting to showcase its iconic model, the double-buckle monk-strap, in this fantastic dark green patina, Santoni’s first ever model which is handmade in Italy.

“The double-buckle element has always distinguished Santoni, not only in its classic version, but also in its more contemporary and unusual interpretations. It represents the true elegance and style of a shoemaking connoisseur,” explains Giuseppe Santoni, whose father founded the brand. Santoni envisions the patination process — otherwise known as “velatura” — to being as a painting, as each individual layer is applied by hand after being mixed with various other natural colors to create a deep and elegant aesthetically pleasing patina. With its low profile sole, intriguing folded, technically difficult toe cap seam, the double-buckle monk-strap has hand-crafted tapered upper narrows. Its ability to easily transition across the formal-casual line reflects its versatility and as “a classic, reinterpreted,” according to Santoni.




Handmade using the finest leathers, this fashion-forward collection offers unrivaled style and sharp design.
They carefully craft each and every pair to bring you flawless Italian luxury, combining the very best of British and Italian style via pieces that will get you noticed.
Made with the style-conscious man in mind, Lussoti puts quality and attention to detail at its very core. In fact, so certain are we that you’ll love our shoes, we’ve put ‘luxury’ in their name.



Young Amedeo Testoni opened his first workshop in 1929, after having learnt the secrets of the most important Bolognese craftsmen. In the ‘50s, he improved the traditional Bolognese production to fulfill his dream of creating the most beautiful shoes in the world.

     Old methodologies and unique competencies formed the basis for this company, which still takes pride in selecting only the finest materials and achieving the highest quality - without compromise. The brand’s philosophy aims for original technical and aesthetic solutions, and its history contains the requisites for continuous innovation and development, to affirm the future of artisan craftsmanship and ensure international recognition of modern Italian style in the world.


Take a look at these designers as new spring collections are underway. New designs are gradually coming in every day. With designers like these from the European mainland your surely to Keep Your Best Foot Forward at all times. 

As Always, Thanks For Reading 





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