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Italian Men’s Shoes

If accessories make the man, that’s especially true of those below the ankle. For a hundred master tailors could sew your suit, but if your shoes aren’t quality, nothing else reads. Italian-made has remained the gold standard in footwear for generations. So we gathered our favorites for fall—all in a deep burgundy, the color of Montepulciano. From top, Salvatore Ferragamo—the fashion house launched by a shoemaker (he cobbled his first pair at age nine)—offers a hand-finished oxford with a metal sole shaft ($1,900; Fratelli Rossetti’s patent-leather shoe ($650; was dipped in a deep oxblood dye for a special stain in its Parabiago atelier. Giorgio Armani, the progenitor of Italian style, has a calf-leather brogue that defines classic-with-a-twist ($750; Finally, Tod’s suede ankle boot ($625; is a new emblem for the brand synonymous with the loafer. Molto bene!


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