It is difficult enough to track down footwear that not only feels comfortable but looks good. This is further complicated when you have big feet and require large size shoes say 13, 14, 15, or larger. Recently there was a company which made such a move and it shed some light on this phenomenon. You must first get some background about the company it involves.
There is very famous manufacturer of Italian Shoes you may have heard of named Pantofola d'Oro, which has been making quality shoes in Italy since 1886. Their story is pretty interesting too.
They began as a family owned cobbler shop in Ascoli Piceno, Italy. They specialized in wrestling shoes at first and this eventually led them to football boots (what we Americans refer to as soccer). With a growing list of high-end clients and building reputation for excellence, they were on there way.
There is even a story about a famous football player from the 50's who said during a fitting, "these are not football boots, they are golden slippers." They didn't know it at the time, but that nickname was going to stick. Later, Pantofola d'Oro, which is Italian for "golden slipper", became the label's official name. After serving Europe for more than a 100 years, Pantofola d'Oro has recently expanded their distribution to North America in a major way. It has been no small feat to make such an expansion, and based on their history how could you blame them?
It is our theory that the type of boutiques and retailers who sell the high-end and very fashionable shoes were intimidated by such large sizes. They feared they would not get anybody that big to buy the shoes. It was like a catch 22. This is where XLfeet came in. We are working together with Pantofola d'Oro to help as the large sizes are phased out. It is a huge benefit to both organizations, and the biggest winners are the Bigfoot customers of XLfeet. They can get a high fashion, top quality Italian Made Casual Shoes in Large Sizes for Men, for a great once in a lifetime value.
Next time you see a great shoe that is made in a large size, it may be a good idea to scoop it up as quick as you can. For all you know it may never exist again. Some say if it is too good to be true, it probably is. This may not be good advice though when it relates to Large Size Italian Shoes for Men from a company more than a century old.