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Any Italian will agree that accessories can make or break an outfit: from chic leather bags and signature sunglasses to silk scarves and handcrafted shoes, Italians are masters at adding complementary details to complete their look. Take a cue from the well-heeled locals in Rome and pick up a pair of handmade or designer shoes in the capital to see you through your Roman holiday.
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
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.