During one of our filed trips, we put it as a goal to discover hidden gems in a shoe industry.
One of the most stunning discoveries of 2017 was the Italian shoe brand Marco Barbabella.
Marco Barbabella is a young shoe company with the official establishment date of 2014.
The company is a located in the Porto Sant'Elpidio, a beautiful coastal town with an incredible pinewood alleyways in the province of Fermo, Italy.
The word goes that Marco himself comes form an Italian shoe making family that always treasured the traditional craft of working with leather. He decided to establish a company with an idea of combining the traditional Italian craftsmanship with cutting edge shoe designs to fulfill the modern consumer demand. And he has done it!
A lux designer shoe dupe?
The leather quality of his shoes is comparable to Valentino, Aquazzura and Stuart Weitzman.
And yet, his models have their unique character – stylish or golden classics, edgy or sexy, but all contemporary and trendy.
Below are some of our favorites for edgy and classic style:
Sizing and Fit
The leather is so incredibly soft that you feel that you got a pair of shoes that were already broken in, but look new.
All models run true to size, and you will need to size up only with winter boots lined up all the way inside with lamb fur.
In spite of the high heel on some models the shoes and booties are still very comfortable.
This is what means the generation of Italian craftsmanship – not only the leather quality but the good shoe lasts.
If you have some problems with your foot…
The only point, if you have some problems with your foot, like you feel every little stone and dent on the road when you walk – go for the peep toe models or those that have a small visible or hidden platform for extra layer and cushion.
One more detail – the zip.
The zip usually goes down almost to the very sole of the shoe – that makes them so easy and convenient to put on.
Also the zip is sown slightly at an angle, like following the leg's curve. And such zip positioning makes the shoe sit somehow extremely well on you. Like you don't feel that you need to re-align the leg inside the shoe or the shoe is twisting inwards or outwards when you walk, like a seam of a cheap trousers or jeans.
How much and where?
The price range for Marco Barbabella shoes goes from US$150 to US$400. Which is not cheap, but considering the fact that you are getting the same quality as world know luxury designers like Valentino, Christian Louboutin and Aquazzura – this is a bargain.
And you can find Marco Barbabella's shoes on discount which makes them a total quality fashion steal!
This is your affordable luxury shoes.
Where to buy?
Interesting enough that Marco Barbabella's shoes are more known in Central Europe (Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary) and Asia (Singapore, Hong Kong), than in rest of Europe and the United States.
A thank you note
Dear Marco Barbabella, we love and appreciate the quality you put in your shoes and your design.
We want more styles and shops!