Salvatore Ferragamo’s vast store and accompanying museum dominates the southernmost end of Via de’ Tornabuoni: an appropriately grand setting for the father of Florentine shoemaking. Ferragamo began creating shoes in Florence in 1927 and soon made his name creating bespoke footwear for famous names such as Judy Garland, Audrey Hepburn and Brigitte Bardot. Today, the principles in which he believed are upheld by his brand, with shoes that fit perfectly and are effortlessly stylish.
Salvatore Ferragamo, Via de’ Tornabuoni 4R-14R, 50123 Florence, +39 055 292123
After taking over the reins at his father’s shoe company in 1980, Cesare Paciotti began re-inventing men’s shoes, turning them from a necessity into a desirable accessory. His pieces are always on trend, but combine a contemporary aesthetic with high-quality craftsmanship and a timeless quality that is enduringly elegant. Collaborations with Versace, Dolce & Gabbana and Roberto Cavalli have challenged his typical aesthetic, while a commitment to pioneering research means there is always something new to see in store.
Cesare Paciotti, Via della Vigna Nuova 14R, 50123 Florence, +39 055 215471
High-quality craftsmanship has always been central to Casadei and its luxurious Via de’ Tornabuoni flagship store showcases this quality in a suitably prestigious location. The expansive boutique displays its classic designs alongside new creations in two large street-facing windows, but there is much more to see inside where the full collection is housed, featuring beautifully designed pieces, made in Italy and hand-finished by highly skilled artisans.
Casadei, Via de’ Tornabuoni 33R, 50123 Florence, +39 055 287240
This Florence-born brand started out with just one store but its promotion of Florentine artisan craftsmanship, with its reputation for attention to detail and mastery of skill, led to a rapid expansion and there are now several Raspini stores across the city. Its Via Roma boutique is one of the largest and its six windows are known for their extravagant window displays. Expect to find a range of international brands in store including D&G, Paul Smith and Stuart Weitzman.
Raspini, Via Roma 25R, 50123 Florence, +39 055 213077
The driving moccasin has become synonymous with relaxed chic – a weekend staple that has been Tod’s standout shoe since the company’s inception in the 1980s. The moccasin is typical of Tod’s footwear; comfort is always the most important factor, with pieces crafted from the softest leathers available. However, tradition and elegance are equally valued and every Tod’s shoe is as chic as it is comfortable. Its Via de’ Tornabuoni store stocks the label’s full range for men and women alongside a range of statement bags and luxurious accessories.
Tod’s, Via de’ Tornabuoni 60R, 50123 Florence, +39 055 219423