When searching for a truly great pair of shoes, we — with regret — generally look to Italy.
Impeccable footwear, petulant women, men who live with their mothers until they’re 35: some things, Italians just do better than anybody else.
Beneduci Shoemakers aims to strike that first item off the list.
Founder Frank Beneduci studied shoemaking in Milan.
Now, nestled into a studio/retail space on humble San Jose Avenue, he peddles shoes of singular durability, classically styled and very well made.
Our choice is the Bowman, a convertible boot with straps and spats, available in a high-polish black or a matte dark gray.
Buy ’em once, keep ’em forever.
Beneduci says he expects each pair can be resoled five times through their lifespan — which should be roughly equivalent to your own.
Or, if you’re Italian, until after you’ve moved out of mom’s.