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Inspired by Renaissance-era Italian cowboys, get the story behind one of Italy's finest and — in our opinion — under-the-radar footwear brands
Photos courtesy of Buttero's website

A peek into the process of making Italy's best riding boots

Before Tuscany was known for its effortlessly stylish Florentine men and menswear’s biggest (and most street styled) trade show Pitti Uomo, butteri (or Italian cowboys) roamed the region. Generally regarded as rough-and-tumble guys (in the 14th and 15th centuries, many would take on mercenary work to supplement their income — talk about bad ass), their day to day would require rugged, durable gear to get themselves and their herds through the marshes of southwestern Tuscany.

Fast forward six centuries or so, and it’s this rugged sensibility that inspired Mauro Sani to establish a brand based on the legendary Italian cowboy. Founded in 1974, the family-owned Buttero set out to produce the finest riding boots in the world. Handmade by expert craftsmen in Stabbia, the boots stay true to the “Tuscan recipe book with simple, honest, local ingredients” (similar to the region’s delicious culinary exploits). Buttero uses only the best locally sourced vegetable-tanned leather, so it’s no surprise that Sani likens their shoes to the region’s fine wine — they only get better with age. Keeping with the Italian tradition of sleek silhouettes, the boots seamlessly fuse rugged functionality with impeccable style.

Yet while known for riding boots, Buttero also has an equally impressive collection of casual shoes — including leather sandals, canvas low tops, and chukkas — all made with the same expert craftsmanship and attention to detail. Appropriately, that’s exactly what you’ll find in today’s sale: a slew of top-notch, laid-back kicks.  Because let’s face it — sometimes mounting your trusty steed just isn’t the best way to get around, especially in the city.

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