A shoe never lies. A shoe tells the world who you are and, alone, it can change the way a man presents himself. A well dressed man with ugly shoes is nothing but a man with ugly shoes. These are the convictions behind the project Barbanera, started in 2011 by two couples of brothers. Although coming from very different working backgrounds, they share the passion for hand crafted shoes and the conviction that style is something that you can only recognise once you see it and it has nothing to do with temporary fashion. So, they decided to put their style, love for handmade goods and their knowledge in a new project. The idea behind Barbanera is to create high quality and timeless shoes thanks to a combination of tradition, precious leathers, true creative harmony and unsurpassed Italian craftsmanship. Each one of these four partners contributed with his personal taste for the creation of a unique collection of gentleman’s shoes which can be “dandy” as well as “classic” thanks to the dedicated and passionate selection of materials and colours.
Barbanera shoes got an old-fashioned soul, they’re a natural mix between vintage taste and modern style. Barbanera universe is made by dandy, rebel, stylish, modern romantic pirates. The shoes are handmade in the middle of the beautiful Tuscan countryside, a place known for its shoe-making tradition. The Barbanera shoes utilize the Goodyear welting system, patented by Charles Goodyear in 1839 and still considered today synonymous of luxury shoes for men. Only the best leathers coming from the most renowned Italian tanneries are utilized for the production of Barbanera shoes. The materials are accurately selected in order to provide the best in terms of fitting and durability. Each model currently available in the Barbanera collection can be customized by choosing the preferred colour and material, thus creating a pair of unique, 100% Italian hand crafted shoes.