Walk in the Shoes of Giuseppe Zanotti

Giuseppe Zanotti

Biker jackets from Giuseppe Zanotti

DA MAN: If women’s shoes were made to “empower” and make women feel sexy, how should men’s shoes make men feel, in your opinion?
Giuseppe Zanotti: It’s more or less the same. A man should feel confident and embrace the feeling of freedom. I want the Giuseppe Zanotti man to feel young, contemporary and cool through my creations. By the way, as I previously said, androgyny is the leitmotif of all my recent designs. I love to mix men’s and women’s elements together. The beauty of modern luxury is the absence of rules.

Giuseppe Zanotti

One of four models from this season’s collection

DA MAN: What makes a pair of Giuseppe Zanotti men’s shoes different from all the others? What is your brand’s DNA, so to speak?
Giuseppe Zanotti: High quality, Italian craftsmanship and innovation are our core values—a well-balanced harmony between rock and classic soul. The fabric research within my team is unceasing, but trimmings and garnishments are the real stars of my creations. That’s my signature. To me, more is more. Our main critical success factor that differentiates us from other brands is surely the production, which is done entirely internal within our company. That is absolutely a plus that few can boast.

Giuseppe Zanotti

One of four models from this season’s collection

DA MAN: A lot of luxury shoemakers are adopting ideas from sports shoes. What is your take on this?
Giuseppe Zanotti: I wanted to offer a versatile style that is suitable for all occasions. And when it comes to innovative luxury sneakers design, I think we are surfing the right wave. I like to combine different fabric materials like patent leather and technical fabrics, thick leather soles and zips. In terms of shoemaking, it takes some serious work to put all those disparate elements together. It’s not simple, but I think they can easily match with everything.

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