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International footwear museum

An art and a tradition in the town that has been the shoes world capital

Where
Castello Sforzesco - Seconda scuderia -  primo piano
Piazza Ducale, 20, Vigevano PV
Contacts
+39 0381 693952
Official site

The International Footwear Museum is tied to Vigevano's reputation as the "shoe capital of the world", thanks to the number of shoes produced here in the relative sales.

Traces of the art of shoemaking have existed in Vigevano since the 14th century, a vocation that continued to grow over the years, making its way to international markets. In 1866 the Bocca brothers opened the city's first industrial shoe factory, while in 1901 Antonio Ferrari was the first in Italy to open a footwear machinery manufacturing business.

Finally, in 1929, Vigevano became the first Italian city to produce rubber tennis shoes.

The International Museum of Footwear was founded in a place where shoemaking has been an important vocation for centuries. Since 2003 the museum has been housed inside the Sforza Castle, a location that offers plenty of space for exhibits, to showcase the unique and curious specimens preserved here. The purpose of the museum is to narrate the history and economy of Vigevano through its finest product and to show the international evolution of shoes that represent an object of design and fashion.

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Places

Castle of Vigevano

The Castle of Vigevano is considered one of the biggest fortified structures in Europe, occupying 70 thousand square metres.
  • Art & Culture
Sforza Castle in Vigevano
4 mt

Piazza Ducale in Vigevano

You will be enchanted by one of the most beautiful Renaissance squares
  • Art & Culture
Piazza Ducale in Vigevano
131 mt

Duomo di Vigevano

It delimits the eastern side of the Piazza Ducale, with its grandiose Baroque façade
  • Religious Tourism
Duomo di Vigevano, Churches of Pavia
180 mt

Vigevano

  • Villages
Vigevano
235 mt

Golf Vigevano

Golf Vigevano is a prestigious benchmark in the Italian golf circuit. The 18-hole course is set in the green surroundings of Ticino Park.
  • Golf
Golf Vigevano
3.45 km

The Sforzesca

A genuine prototype for subsequent rural Lombard architecture
  • Art & Culture
La Sforzesca
3.94 km

Gambolo'

  • Villages
Gambolo'
6.49 km

Santa Croce abbey - Mortara

The Santa Croce abbey was instead the church of Ordine Mortariense
  • Religious Tourism
Santa Croce abbey - Mortara
11.71 km

Mortara

Mortara si è guadagnata nei decenni il titolo di patria del Salame d'Oca più buono del mondo
  • Villages
Mortara
11.72 km

Basilica of San Lorenzo - Mortara

  • Art & Culture
Basilica of San Lorenzo - Mortara
11.75 km

Sanctuary of Madonna del Campo - Mortara

  • Religious Tourism
Sanctuary of Madonna del Campo - Mortara
12.32 km

Sanctuary of Santa Maria della Bozzola Garlasco

  • Religious Tourism
Sanctuary of Santa Maria della Bozzola Garlasco
13.18 km

Garlasco

  • Art & Culture
Garlasco
14.33 km

Bereguardo Castle

Destinato prevalentemente a funzioni residenziali difendeva il versante occidentale dello Stato di Milano
  • Art & Culture
Bereguardo Castle
14.82 km

Where to sleep

CASA DOLCE CASA DI AZZARETTI LUCIA

Vigevano
CASA DOLCE CASA DI AZZARETTI LUCIA
71 mt

LA FINESTRA SULLA PIAZZA DI CALLEGARI ALESSIA

Vigevano
LA FINESTRA SULLA PIAZZA DI CALLEGARI ALESSIA
77 mt

B.E.A. SRL

Vigevano
B.E.A. SRL
114 mt

CASA LUIGINA

Vigevano
CASA LUIGINA
143 mt

DIMORA 700

Vigevano
DIMORA 700
158 mt

SOTTO I MERLI

Vigevano
SOTTO I MERLI
165 mt

EMMA HOME

Vigevano
EMMA HOME
216 mt

DANTE 12

Vigevano
DANTE 12
244 mt

PICCOLA TORRE MAISONETTE

Vigevano
PICCOLA TORRE MAISONETTE
264 mt

CASA BATIK

Vigevano
CASA BATIK
273 mt

MAISON 15

Vigevano
MAISON 15
283 mt

PICCOLA TORRE MAISON

Vigevano
PICCOLA TORRE MAISON
286 mt

I MULINI B&B

Vigevano
I MULINI B&B
318 mt

HOTEL DUCALE

Vigevano
HOTEL  DUCALE
328 mt

RESIDENZA SAN BERNARDO

Vigevano
RESIDENZA SAN BERNARDO
333 mt

MONOLOCALE SOLE

Vigevano
MONOLOCALE SOLE
337 mt

LOCANDA SAN BERNARDO

Vigevano
LOCANDA SAN BERNARDO
356 mt

CHEAP & CHIC

Vigevano
CHEAP  & CHIC
366 mt

ALBERTO CARNEVALE MIINO

Vigevano
ALBERTO CARNEVALE MIINO
366 mt

DI SCIORNO CRISTINA

Vigevano
DI SCIORNO CRISTINA
417 mt