This historic shoe store has been handcrafting prêt-à-porter and customised shoes for fashion savvy Romans – and dozens of celebrities – since 1946. Audrey Hepburn, Robert De Niro and Kirk Douglas donned shoes from Petrocchi, which prides itself on using the finest calf leathers in its designs and exotic skins such as crocodile, ostrich and python in a number of its shoes. From Monkstraps and Derbys to Moccasins and Oxfords, Petrocchi creates a high quality, classic shoe that will never go out of style. There are also a number of female models, including ballerinas and sandals.
Calzoleria Petrocchi, Vicolo Sugarelli, 2, 00186 Rome, Italy, +39 06 687 6289
Michelediloco, around the corner from posh Piazza San Lorenzo in Lucina, is a shoe store with a lot of personality. Michele, the owner, is passionate about selling shoes that combine beauty and style in a harmonious fashion – and everything is ultra comfortable in addition to being effortlessly chic. Think soft, just-worn-in fine leathers, braided sandals, chunky heels that will wear well on Rome’s cobblestone streets. Avant-garde fashionistas and anyone with a love for comfortable footwear will find something at Michelediloco.
Michelediloco, Via del Leone, 7, 00186 Rome, Italy, +39 06 4547 9103
Just steps from Piazza del Popolo, Barrilà Boutique is a gem that you wouldn’t expect to find sandwiched among designer stores on Via del Babuino. The boutique sells hundreds of affordable, well-made Italian shoes of all styles for men and women of all ages. The shoes aren’t especially trend-led but they’re great solid basics at a good price and equally comfortable. From sandals and flats to boots and heels, there’s a little bit of everything so don’t be put off by the shoes in the window. You’ll have to sort through the extensive collection but you’re bound to be rewarded with a steal.
Barrilà Boutique, Via del Babuino, 33, 00187 Rome, Italy, +39 06 324 5046
Di San Giacomo
For a truly unique souvenir in the capital (and gift to yourself) why not pick up a pair of personalised sandals at Di San Giacomo? These leather shoes are preppy, sweet and super summery – they’ll see you through the streets of Rome and onwards to Positano and Capri. These sandals are custom made on the spot and incorporate jewels and accessories to make beautiful, unique statement pieces. With dozens of colours and leathers to choose from, not to mention an infinite combination of beads and jewels, a pair of sandals from Di San Giacomo is a chance to fashion your own wearable art.
Via Nazionale is one of Rome’s greatest shopping streets and is full of cosmopolitan flair. And for shoe lovers, Geppy is an essential stop. This store stocks chic, seasonal shoes that are well-made, nicely designed and affordably priced. In the autumn and winter months you’ll find a slew of booties with cut-outs, knee-high boots with various heel heights, stilettos for holiday parties and shoes for rainy weather. In the summer, you’ll find soft sandals to pair with summer dresses, comfortable wedges and breathable ballet slippers. In short, Geppy has it all.