A Footnote to Cheese: The Footwear of Bra

Women's Shoes in Bra, Italy

Whenever I attend ‘Cheese,’ the biennial cheese festival in Bra, Italy – or the VinItaly wine festival in Verona – I always marvel at the ability of the Italian women to walk in high heels on ancient cobblestone streets.  At ‘Cheese’  two years ago, I was so  tired by the end of the week that I sat on the curb and started taking pictures of the high heels passing me by.  This year, I decided to again chronicle a few of these heeled beauties. To  my surprise, however, the majority of  this year’s footwear was not high heels, but was instead flat, sensible shoes.  That’s not to say they weren’t fashionable – but they were practical at the same time. The leader of the fashion pack was probably the brand Hogan followed by Superga, Nike, Adidas and DG in all manner of styles – slouchy flat boots, biker boots and flat knee–high boots.  By late Saturday evening, the heels were beginning to appear in greater numbers. I may be dating myself here, but I must say, I was pleasantly surprised with the practical choices made by Italian women in footwear this year!

Valerie Gurdal is the owner of Formaggio Kitchen South End in Boston, MA.

  • David Kramer

    Valerie, you should come down here to South Florida (MIami-Ft.Lauderdale) and check out the number of, and height of, the heels on South American women. They can wear them all day while shopping, etc. While you’re at it check out a good location and open a branch. This plea from someone who lived for 12 years only a 5 minute drive from the store on Huron…fond memories of Saturdays shopping there.

    • http://www.formaggiokitchen.com formaggiokitchen

      Hello David – Thank you for checking out Valerie’s post! We will pass your lovely comments on to her and hope you can come back and visit us at some point – thank you again for the nice words!

  • Jane P. Sollogub

    Great article Valerie! I really enjoyed seeing all the different shoes and styles. I tried to imagine the faces and ages of the women wearing each pair. A store in Charleston, SC, called Charleston Shoe Company sells very comfortable, really stylish shoes that can go from “cobblestones to cocktails”. They are made in Mexico for them by San Miguel Shoes. I’m surprised that no one was wearing yellow Crocks. With the cut out holes they would resemble swiss cheese!

    • http://www.formaggiokitchen.com formaggiokitchen

      Hello Jane – Thank you for checking out our blog! We had a chuckle at the image of Swiss cheese shod folks at the festival! We’ll pass your words on to Valerie – thank you again for reading!