(Roy @ April 18 2005,13:50) Petrocchi is located in the Via del Orso, but unfortunately was closed when I was there. Bonora is located in the Via del Babuino. Also close to the Via Condotti (and thus the Spanish steps). Zilli is on the Via Veneto, near the Via Campania.
Roy, Thank you for your suggestions. Could you, please, elaborate on Petrocchi, Bonora and Zilli? I haven't heard of them before. Andrey
Both Petrocchi and Bonora are shoemakers: Petrocchi is Rome-based, while Bonora's atelier is in Firenze. None of these have prices comparable to Lattanzi. The Bonora shop in Roma sells only ready-made. I have posted some pictures of their shoes/shop before. If you are stopping by Firenze, then you can get bespoke Bonora there. The prices are reasonable for their hand-goodyear shoes, around 450 Euro, and around 650 Euro for norvegese and boots. There are no shoe trees from Bonora. Shoes are really beautiful. Petrocchi is a personal favourite. They have no ready-made, although you can buy whatever they have on display. They offer MTM and bespoke, with only a small price difference. They are very flexible and the shoes are no-gimmick, down-to-earth Italian models. After your first order, you will receive leather samples where you could order by phone or email thereafter. Other than Borrelli, Fray is also highly regarded in Italy (or at least, in Roma). They have comparable prices, and even MTM Borrelli shirts are priced at around 300 Euro. I personally love Battistoni. The shirts are, of course, amazing, with an array of very fine fabrics. Prices are very reasonable, but they do require at least one fitting --- so I would suggest you stop by Battistoni on the first day. Shoes are contracted to Edward Green, but in Battistoni's label. One fitting for the Rubinacci would be a bit risky, if that would be your first order. I myself didn't think Brioni was such an attraction, except that in Italy they carry a lot more casual jackets that are outsourced (not made by Brioni) and some very hideous shoes. I am not quite sure if the Barberini store is still doing bespoke. Right across from Battistoni, a few steps down from Brioni on Condotti, there is a little hide-out called Saddler Union, which is famous for their bespoke briefcases and leather goods. I had a pair of shoes made there (bespoke) and the turn-around time was quick, and very good for the price (450 Euro). They fit very well, and the leather they used (or that I ordered) doesn't polish to a high shine; as a result the creases on each shoe is barely noticeable (I've worn them about 10 times). Even though an individual last was made, I received no shoe trees from them. All in all, I enjoyed my time in Rome (and we haven't even talked about food.). Have a great time.