Rome is literally a paradise on earth for a shoe lover. Almost all of the most famous shoe brands are produced in Italy, and Rome hosts many of the best places for shoe shopping. The offer is very wide-ranging, from iconic names to all kinds of small, inexpensive brands. The best places to go shoe shopping are Via Cola di Rienzo, around Campo dei Fiori and around Piazza Navona. If you are looking for high-end brands go to Piazza di Spagna, where you will find Bally, Jimmy Choo, Pollini, Sergio Rossi and other boutiques. At the other end of the spectrum you can find bargain shoes at the street markets.
Roman shops offer a great variety of leather goods for all types of tastes and wallets. Strolling along the main areas for brand shopping, you can easily find leather emporiums. Glove stores, proposing an impressive selection in any size and colour, line the main streets, while little shops, with a great assortment of handmade bags, briefcases, jackets and smaller goods, like key rings and belts, crowd tiny side streets. Porta Portese street market on Sundays is the best places for leather jackets.
Some shops even take orders for handmade leather items to be made within 3 days or so, according to a customer’s personal specifications. If you plan to visit Florence on your trip to Italy, and it is only 90 minutes from Rome by train, then I would do your glove and bag shopping in Italy's leather capital. Ferragamo is not a Tuscan company by chance.
Trancanelli - Via Cola di Rienzo (Vatican)
AVG - Via Cola di Rienzo (Vatican)
Elisheva - Via De Baullari, 19 (Campo de’ fiori)
Sermoneta gloves - Piazza di Spagna, 61
Some of the well-established shops, such as Trancanelli, produce shoes under their own brands. Their models are high-quality, good design and “made-in-Italy”, but much less expensive than similar ones from the famous shoe producers. The small leather accessories are normally very affordable, which makes them a perfect gift to take back home.