Giovanna Zanella, Venice

Giovanna Zanella, Venice

When you think of authentic Italian shoes, you think of excellence. And if you look for a state-of-the-art pair of shoes, visit Giovanna Zanella's shop in Venice, some 200 meters away from the Rialto Bridge.

The owner is the most famous shoe-designer in Venice who has been creating exclusive lines of men's and women's footwear for over a decade. In doing so, she doesn't limit herself to classical designs, but often mixes tradition with modernism in a bid to create truly unique items, combining various materials: fabrics, leather, plastics, etc. Each pair is an “haute couture” creation often enhanced with a surprise element like a touch of nylon blossoms, cobra heads, pistils or frills.

The shoes are 100% handcrafted, precisely tailored on the customer's foot. Choosing between boots, sandals, or moccasins, picking your favorite shade of color and suggesting different materials for the making and decoration will turn the pair of your dream shoes into a one-of-a-kind wearable sculptural work. Even the shop's floor – a mosaic of multi-colored, irregular shape tiles – is used to inspire customers to make brave and bold color choices.

No wonder many of the so-called VIPs from Venice and further afield frequent this store. The prices here start from 500 to 1500 Euros (€700 for women’s and €900 to 1,500 for men’s shoes). Operation hours: 9.30 am–1 pm and 3 pm–7 pm, closed on Sundays.

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Sight Name: Giovanna Zanella
Sight Location: Venice, Italy
Sight Type: Shopping
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