Walking all Over Rome – An Easy Guide to Rome’s Must See Shoe Shops

Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve had a love of shoes. The first time my parents took my sisters and me to Rome in 1996 was when my love affair with shoes started, beginning with a trendy pair of black platforms – similar to a pair Ginger Spice would have worn in the Spice Girls around that time…

Rome is famous for it’s style and high fashion, and this certainly applies in the shoe department. Not only can you find hundreds upon hundreds of fancy boutiques offering the latest in classic style and sophistication, Rome is famous for its ability to create fun and outlandish designs, flooding the market with shoes in unusual colours, shapes and materials.

The list of high quality shoe shops in Rome is endless, but in terms of quality, I’d start with “Re Mishelle”, a shop which caters for those looking for high fashion, true work-of-art shoes, which are almost too good to be worn on the street. This shop, close to the Piazza del Popolo, stocks shoes from top Italian fashion designers, namely; Loriblu, Casare Paciotti, Vicini, Mario Bologna, Les Tropeziennes, Roberto Cavalli, Hamlet, Sergio Rossi, Lerre, Versus, Gianmarco Lorenzi, Ruco Line, Casadei, Gerardina di Maggio and Star Artioli, but the list truly goes on…

“Petrocchi” can be found at Via dell’Orso 25, in the centre of Rome, take note that this is where the most phenomenal shoe shops are and for this reason it is wise to stay in a Rome apartment or Rome hotel in the heart of the shopping district to find the quirkiest boutiques, but also the big name shoes shops too. Petrocchi is a sophisticated store providing shoes of the highest quality leather, in numerous chic styles. Many high-class people visit this shop for their made-to-measure shoes and thus the prices can reflect the special attention given to each customer. Petrocchi is open from Tues-Fri 9 am-1 pm and 3:30-7:30 pm; Sat 10 am-1 pm and 3:30-7:30 pm and is closed Sun and Mon.

Bruno Magli at Via Condotti 6, has a good reputation for stylish, well made shoes. Via Condotti is literally the nucleus of the shopping district in Rome and abundant with Rome accommodation. Again, this designer store is rather pricy, which is to be expected from many shoe shops in Rome. However, I always consider spending money on shoes money well spent as they protect your feet from the ground, so regardless of how comfortable, well made or simply gorgeous they are, they are a major necessity! With that in mind, Bruno’s shoes are rumoured to be so comfortable they are the preferred shoe of choice for many air stewardesses.

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