Shoes. Italian shoes. That’s right; Pasadena holds a little slice of Italy in Rangoni Firenze, a family run business of handcrafted Italian shoes. Since 1937, Ugo Rangoni, founder of Rangoni Firenze, has created shoes with the perfect “recipe of ‘quality plus comfort.’” The result? Well crafted footwear with “interesting textures, surprising prints, and leather from the finest tanneries in the world” paired with “a full range of widths” for all sizes of feet. Rangoni’s popularity grew so much that in 1940, he began making shoes for American buyers, “becoming one of the first Italian designers to export to the United States,” writes its website.
The store, located on S. Lake Ave., offers a variety of shoes, from casual and sporty to dressy and classic. While prices range in the mid to upper $200s, Rangoni’s prices are considerably less than its competition due to low overhead, family owned factories, and nearness to some of the finest leather tanneries in the world.
As I peered through the window, I saw display after display of beautiful shoes. The store is open and spacious, which allows its product to shine. My favorites? The Paolina boot in brown cashmere–with a low stacked heel and chocolaty brown material, it’s the perfect bootie for fall. Price? $285; but, for a handcrafted Italian boot? It’s well worth it.The Modesto pump too, caught my eye–priced at $255, the shoe has a heel height of 2 3/4 inches and comes in a beautiful black and white pattern, which amps up the wow factor on a classic piece.
If you’re looking for well made, one-of-a-kind Italian crafted shoes, then make sure to visit Rangoni Firenze on S. Lake Ave. in Pasadena. Throw out the budget this one time. It’ll be worth it.