(Bespoke Italian Master Series) *G. MARINI, Roma, Full Brogue Loafer: 42D
Size: 42-42.5 [US.9-9.5] [UK 8-8.5]
Styles: Brogues, Collectors Shoes/Object d'Art, Custom-Bespoke-Maas, Loafers
G. Marini Calzature
Via Francesco Crispi 97
00187 Roma, Italy
Tel:+39 06 679 3858
Hand-Made, Bespoke Full Wing-Tip Brogue Loafer
Giuseppe Marini established his workshop in Rome in 1899. The business continues uninterrupted in the same street and still in family hands, now in the third generation.
A fixture in the life of the city, Marini’s shop and workrooms have attracted luminaries of the silver screen such as Marcello Mastroianni, Gregory Peck, Anna Magnani, Robert De Niro and Sergio Leone as well as such celebrities as Gianni Agnelli and others who frequent this superior bespoke shoemaker to the exclusion of all others.
This model, the Wing-Tip Brogued Loafer is emblematic of the custom-made shoe and has only recently been offered by better producers ready-made. This shoe is hand lasted (notice the slightly squared and chiseled toe box, hand welted (that is to say that the sole is sewn to the welt by hand) and the quality of the leather is such that it has taken on a patina of great beauty, almost the finish of an old piece of mahogany furniture. No modern shoe and certainly no new shoe can offer the depth and richness of colour of this masterpiece.
NOTE: In response to frequent suggestions by old clients and collectors to expand my range beyond my usual English and American interests, and encouraged by the excellent recent article on Italian shoemakers by Dr. Jens P. Becker’s http://loomings-jay.blogspot.de/2015/11/italienische-herrenschuhe.html, I am starting to show more work by Italian shoemakers, especially those little known outside Italy, the master craftsmen, the small local ateliers producing hand made shoes in quantities far too small for export and a few large enough to export but only in small quantities to the smartest mens’ stores of the world. Look under the category “Italian (other)”.
Size Details:A bespoke shoe therefore unmarked for size, however by my carful measurements this conforms to a 42D Continental, 9D US and 8E UK, for the medium width foot.
Recently restored and never worn since. (Notive the dove-tailed McAfee heel). Tops show the noble effects of age and the priceless beauty that comes with it. A shoe for the advanced collector and never seen on the after market.