Friday, October 19, 2012

Le Friulane, Italian handcrafted slippers

The friulane (or furlane) are handcrafted slippers taken from the ancient tradition of Friuli and later used from the gondoliers in Venice because their rubber sole was perfect to respect the paint of the gondolas.
They were originally created recycling old bicycle tires to make the sole, canvas jute bags (used for the transport of seeds and grains) to make the pads, and old clothes to make the uppers.
The traditional jewel-bright velvet slippers appear now as luxurious shoes, they are updated in many forms and still handcraftedly produced by artisans in northeast of Italy.
I bought mines at Mr Gianni Dittura's cobbler shop opened from 1948 in Venice San Marco 819–820, or Dorsoduro 871. Telephone: (+39) 041 5231163. I wear them at home but also outside in the summer, I love them!

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