Photo by Gianluca Moggi
Amid the parking garages on the other side of the Arno, you'll find a small workshop where the son of legendary shoemaker Calogero Mannina turns out exquisite shoes. Starting with the finest hides (from polished calf to textured ostrich), Antonio shapes pieces on hand-carved wooden lasts made from customers' feet, then sews them together into timeless designs like men's wing tips, laced oxfords, and loafers. He also crafts a few in women's styles, like pumps and ballet shoes.
By Gillian Longworth McGuire, AFAR Local Expert
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Via de' Guicciardini, 16, 50125 Firenze FI, Italy
+39 055 282895