You have a closet full of shoes. You polish them lovingly before your night out with the boys. And it doesn’t matter if you’re seeing double at 3:00 am – you still never forget to cozily tuck your shoes in for the night, with a pair of cedar shoe trees. Others may call you a tad obsessed. But you know better. You know your shoe collection is pure art.
And we understand.
Every handcrafted Kethini piece is testament to a mastery of leather. Attention to the smallest details, commitment to creativity and a reverence for the craft is what defines the shoes designed by Italian shoemakers & Kethini Art Directors, Walter Bettini & Ennio Penazzato.
Why Italy? Because the world’s finest full-grain leather comes from animals that are specifically bred for their hide. Italian craftsmen are obstinately old-fashioned and use time-honored techniques (like maximum stitches per centimeter) to handcraft shoes that will last generations. And if that’s not enough, the Italian map is even shaped like a shoe! So, it’s a total no-brainer. Just like buying a Cuban cigar. Or Swiss cheese.
Today, an Italian shoe just doesn’t mean a shoe from Italy. It’s the soil on which the shoe treads. Each Italian-inspired Kethini masterpiece captures the breathtaking art of the Sistine Chapel, the fluidity of a Gondola wafting on Venice’s liquid waterways, the headiness of a Tuscan wine and the quiet confidence of Italy’s rugged landscapes.