The furlane story

The Furlane go back a long way.

In the 19th century grew the cold taste of poverty not only in the countryside of Italy's north-eastern areas of Friuli and Carnia, but also amid the wild mountains inhabited by magical presences.

It was in these lands, and in that era, that the scarpez were born. Also known as le furlane, these were a symbol of a subsistence economy that was full of strength, resistance and dignity.

It was the women folk who made these creations while juggling all their other tasks. They used recycled materials, working with precision and care by the hearth. The shoes were intended for all ages of the large patriarchal families, but were mainly for the warmer months.

The tradition was consolidated over the nineteenth century and gradually evolved in terms of techniques and choice of materials, gaining increasing appreciation for the comfort and feeling of freedom the shoes give to foot movement.

Venice, where the furlane began a new chapter in their history.

Just after the second world war, the furlane arrived at Venice's Rialto Bridge, brought by a family from the Friuli region who saw Venice as the city best suited for them and, therefore, the best place to sell them it.

The gondoliers were first to take to their special features: being non-slip, they ensured perfect grip and stability, without damaging the precious painting of the Serenissima Republic's symbolic craft.

And it was here, on the world's best-known bridge, that the furlane begin to breathe the Venice's cosmopolitan air, to gradually become an icon of exclusive sustainable beauty ...

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