I rarely go to the mall, but last week I was delighted to find a store in the Treasure Coast Mall in Jensen Beach, Florida. Italian Shoemakers sells authentic Italian footwear which is 100 percent made in Italy. With a name that speaks to me, how could I miss it?
She informed me that all the shoes are made in Tuscany, Italy, near Florence, outside of Lucca. Of course, the leather capital in Italy. The store features photos of shoemakers working and scenes from Florence.
Clara further explained that in Italy the business operates quite a few factories, although many have closed due to production that has moved to China to save costs. What amazed me the most was the cost of the shoes here. All are discounted and many were between $20 and $30.
On my second visit to the store I had the pleasure of meeting Cheryl, the other manager, who could not have been more accommodating and congenial, explaining more about the company and sharing a brochure with me. I bought my third pair of sandals during this visit.
I hope when I am in Tuscany I can tour one of their factories. It would be a real experience to see quality craftsmanship where it originated.
Amended text: After I write this post, I was fortunate enough to be able to visit and tour the Italian Shoemakers facilities in Tuscany. You can read more about it in this post:
And I must say now that I have walked miles in Italy with their sandals and they were extremely comfortable and versatile. I think now I own at leat 20 pairs of Italian Shoemakers sandals and shoes and they are definitely quality made in Italy products.
I also see that the company has grown and the shoes are now available on Amazon and in other retail outlets.
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