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October 2, 2020

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Barbanera New Models for A/W2020

Barbanera has some cool new shoes/boots for A/W2020 that have just launched on their site and are now available for purchase and shipment. I am always fascinated to see what the unique makers of the industry come up with each season and while Barbanera might be most know for their suede loafers and cowboy boots, I have always been fond of their take on classic derby boot, their Kerouac model. This season they make it […]

August 12, 2020

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To Be Worn…or To Be Cherished?

I came across this picture of Hemingway loafers by Barbanera and was inspired to make a post about a subject I do not believe I have ever written about. The idea of your shoes and wearing them. I feel there are two types of people. Those that beat the heck out of their shoes and those that cherish them like trophies. The question is, which are you? I have always been the latter until recently. […]

February 23, 2020

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The Kudu Collection by Barbanera

During my trip to Lineapelle to source some cool, new things for my shoe brand I had a quick visit to see my friends at Barbanera, in Milan. While there I was able to see their latest Kudu collection, with a penny loafer, an adelaide brogue and their famous modern Cowboy Boots! The shoes/loafers are currently on sale as we speak, the brogues at €295 and the loafers at €345. Both great prices for the […]

June 27, 2019

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Braided Loafers by Barbanera – Summer Wear Italian Style!

There are two things that I love: 1. Braided leather and 2. Unique Designs. The Schifano loafer by Barbanera gives us both of those things and is one of my favorite models released this Summer. The internet is filled with your typical suede penny loafers and as much as I appreciate them, I am quite bored of seeing the same thing on a different last shape by a different maker for a different price. And […]

Fusion Cowboy Boots – The Modern Trend

Using the traditional Cowboy boot features but blending modern design details to the boots seems to be all of the rage these days as I am starting to see more and more makers getting on board with it. Bestetti having a history in bootmaking as his first dive in handmade footwear, is starting to come stronger and stronger with RTW versions of his old craft. And it’s great, as I think that sometimes traditional makers […]

July 6, 2018

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Cowboy Boots Done Differently – Barbanera’s Cormac Boot

  I was never into cowboy boots. Like ever. In fact, I hated them. I hated the toe spring, the pointy toe, the high heel. They were pretty much everything I couldn’t stand about a pair of shoes/boots, all in one. And I am not exaggerating at all. And then I saw Barbanera’s Cowboy boots and it all changed for me. They took nearly everything I didn’t like and altered it. They put a dress […]

February 27, 2018

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LONDON SUPER TRUNK SHOW 2018 – BRAND HIGHLIGHT #4 — BARBANERA

To read more about the London Super Trunk Show 2018, CLICK HERE Barbanera hit the market a few years back (around 5), founded by two Italian pairs of brothers. A bit unorthodox approach to the classic shoe world have gained them recognition worldwide. Barbanera’s shoes are manufactured in the Tuscany region of Italy, in a factory specializing in Goodyear welted shoes, with leather from some of the finest Italian tanneries. The shoes are made with closed channel […]

December 13, 2017

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Originality Goes A Long Way! – Barbanera Shows Us

As one of the Barbanera bros has recently had a birthday I thought that I would celebrate my appreciation of not only them as a brand but also as them as people as they are good friends of mine that I have a lot of respect for. In this day and age of the online world and anybody with a bit of buck being able to start a shoe brand that simply copies other brands […]

November 3, 2017

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Cowboy Boots by Barbanera — One’s That I Would Actually Wear!

It’s quite funny how your tastes evolve as you get older and what you once hated, you look at in a new light and what you once loved, you start to dislike. I don’t know if it is fate but I have been seeing a lot of cowboy boots infiltrating the dress shoe world and it’s like a retargeting marketing campaign: the more you see it, the more tempted you are to buy it. Now, […]

July 10, 2017

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Barbanera Sale & New Women’s Line

For those of you that may have missed it the few times that I have written about it, Barbanera who once only took MTO orders now has a website that sells RTW stock and much of it is currently on sale. I am particularly fond of the Balzac double monk, as shown above, for its intricate strap design. Not to mention I am a super fan of black suede, a material that sadly is not […]