The Montebelluna district in northeastern Italy is world-renown for its many types of footwear. That area alone manufactures over 50% of the world’s technical mountaineering boots as well as 75% of all the ski boots around the globe. Fittingly, the region is also home to Diemme, which is one of the preeminent artisan-shoe companies in the world.
Located in Onè di Fonte, this family-run footwear company has been making shoes by hand since 1992. Staying true to Montebelluna’s legacy, Diemme is known for its mountaineering, trekking, military, safety, and even hunting footwear. Yet having been long-since lauded for their quality and style, the label has also enjoyed a strong presence in the fashion industry – often collaborating with various designers for limited spin-offs of their classics.
Perhaps their most iconic shoe is their “Firenze” boot, which has seen various iterations and colorways throughout several seasons. Like all of their footwear, each component is sourced in Italy (despite the occasional turn to tanneries such as Horween or Charles F. Stead & Co for some high-quality leather). The boot features a gusseted tongue which is padded with vegetable latex for extreme waterproofing and comfort. Should rain be a concern, each Firenze boot is made with a Vibram Moreflex sole that is notable for it’s slip-resistance. These soles are also extremely light, pliable, and ready for whatever adventures you can conjure up.
Be sure to check out some of the current and past versions of the Firenze boot in the gallery below. It’s also well-worth a gander at Diemme’s website for more information concerning their processes and products.