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A visit to Enzo Bonafé, Bologna shoemaker

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Leaves, Mar 11, 2013.

  1. Leaves

    Leaves Well-Known Member

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    Hi everyone. I just wanted to share a few pictures and a video from our visit at Bologna based shoemaker Enzo Bonafé.

    Bonafé is one of Italy's most skilled and acclaimed shoemakers. Bonafé is a family business where the whole famiglia is involved in the making of the shoes. One thing that sets Enzo Bonafé apart is that they are completely hand welted, a form of artisanship long lost or considered too time consuming for most other makers. Enzo Bonafé are also famous for their “Norvegese”-welted shoes, a specialty in Italy and something considered to be a mark of workmanship’s brilliance. They also do Blake Rapid shoes as many other Italian brands.

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    Mr. Bonafé himself.
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    Steady hands.
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    Hand welting.
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    As many other Italian premium makers Bonafé produce both Blake Rapid and welted shoes.
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    Yours truly asking a few questions.
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    Mrs. Bonafé is in charge of all leathers and materials used for the uppers.
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    Bonafé is famous for their wonderful button boots, and also make these for several other brands.
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    Seemless alligator Norvegese shoe. Not something you see every day.
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    Fellow SF member "Earnest" speaking with Mr. and Mrs. Bonafé. It's always nice to have someone speaking Italian with you. Earnest is always sporting something purple during his Italian visits to show his support of his favourite football team ACF Fiorentina.
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    Massimo Bonafé (middle) is Enzo's son and is involved in both sales and manufacturing.
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  2. Jamesgatz

    Jamesgatz Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for posting this.
     
  3. Louis XIV

    Louis XIV Well-Known Member

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    Very good looking.

    Thanks for sharing!
     
  4. niklasnordin

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    very nice
    Thanks for sharing.

    Have you decided which models to have available at the store yet?
     
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    Great! Looking forward to check them out as soon as you have them in store!
     
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  6. add911_11

    add911_11 Well-Known Member

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    The gator shoe is pure porn.
     
  7. chogall

    chogall Well-Known Member

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    What's the plan for you to carry their handwelted shoes?
     
  8. meister

    meister Well-Known Member

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    Great idea Leaves. Bonafe has flown a bit under the radar.
     
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    If i'm not mistaken, Bonafe makes shoes for brands like Aubercy's RTW
     
  10. Verniza

    Verniza Well-Known Member

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    Time to buy before a price hike anybody?
     
  11. CrAz3D

    CrAz3D Well-Known Member

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    neat! always cool to see real things crafted v. crap manufactured.

    that said, for some reason I always expect to see guys like this wearing Nikes or something
     
  12. Leaves

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    We're getting four EB models in April. There will be two Norvegese models (a derby split toe in grain calf, a derby boot in grain/calf) and then two "normal" welted models (a chukka boot in Burgundy Calf and a button boot in black/grey Calf/Suede). We really hope to be able to expand this model range later on.



    Yeah I don't see them around SF much which is a shame, they do offer a very nice product. Also there's only a 15% MTO fee which makes this route very appealing too. Also, a group MTO would only require 3 participants in order to avoid the extra MTO fee.



    Correct! And a lot of the Italian top brands use them as well.
     
  13. Fiddler

    Fiddler Well-Known Member

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    Are EB shoe sizes displayed in EU or UK format?
     
  14. Keen

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    Those button boots are stunning!
     
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    Ilovelobbs Well-Known Member

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    Agree - those Alligator are pure p0rn.

    Do you have prices?
     
  16. Leaves

    Leaves Well-Known Member

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    Depends. We have asked for our stock shoes to be marked up in UK sizes.


    Bonafé will be about 5500 SEK (4400 ex VAT, approx. $670). Button boots will be about 6500 SEK (5200 ex VAT, approx. $790). MTO will be an extra 15%.
     
  17. Louis XIV

    Louis XIV Well-Known Member

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    What transition do they use from EU to UK sizes?
     
  18. Ilovelobbs

    Ilovelobbs Well-Known Member

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    Based on those pictures - sounds like good value at $670
     
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    Disappointing choices ie split toes with Novegese derby boots etc. I would have goine with something simpler where the Norvegese makes them pop.
     
  20. Leaves

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    Sorry, I honestly don't know but we'll fit them ourselves to see how they compare to our other brands of course.
     
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