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Shoes, Venice

Italy's insider take:

Calagher (cobbler) Daniela Ghezzo took over the venerable Segalin shop in 2003 after learning the trade from the Segalins themselves—a father and son that had turned out some of Venice's most beautiful shoes since 1932. Some of the Segalins' more outlandish designs can still be bought at the shop, including their trademark gondola-shaped shoes. But you can also have less showy shoes stitched to order. Bespoke prices for men's and women's shoes can go up to €1,700 (about $2,200)—but you'll never have a more exquisitely made pair. Your custom pumps, loafers, or oxfords will take about a month to make, then Ghezzo and her team will ship them directly to you. Giovanna Zanella, another Segalin pupil, sells her designs in a rainbow-hued shop near the Rialto. Her handmade creations range from dazzling to outrageous: It takes a certain panache (and a generous credit limit) to wear what looks like a pair of exploding fireworks on your feet.

4365 San Marco
Calle dei Fuseri
Tel: 39 041 522 2115

5641 Castello
Calle Carminati
Tel: 39 041 523 5500

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