Footwear in Marche Region
The origins of the Marche Shoe District - also known as Fermano-Maceratese footwear district due to the main geographical concentration of artisan laboratories in these Provinces - dates back to the Middle Age with leather processing, but it is not until the nineteenth century that we can talk about an actual footwear hub.
During this period, between Montegranaro, Sant’Elpidio a Mare, Monte Urano and Monte San Giusto, there are many artisan laboratories for the shoe production and therefore this trade represents the main economic source of the area.
Over the years, the industrial transformation grows, but most companies maintain a small size, often a family-run business, which creates a unique district network, able to maintain the high-quality standards characteristic of large-scale craftsmanship.
For the most curious about the past of the craft traditions, we recommend a visit to the "Museum of the Footwear" in Sant'Elpidio a Mare, where the historical evolution of the Marche footwear is showcased: from samples of vintage machines to shoes of famous personalities as well as a real-life reconstruction of an artisan laboratory of the ’40s.