DONNA CAROLINA

Luxury shoes inspired by the timeless charme of Venice


Venice, Italy. A city known for its historical waterways, romantic squares, and for its handmade glass, lace, and master shoemaking. Like its famous canals, the artisan culture runs deep in Venice. Shoemaking dates back to the fourteenth century with the establishment of the cobblers’ school, The School of Calegheri. Venice knows a thing or two about walking. It is within this rich tradition of Venetian artisans that the Donna Carolina brand was launched. Founded in Venice in 1957 by two brothers from the Terrin family, Donna Carolina is a second-generation Italian company that produces handcrafted fine Italian footwear which pays homage to the idea of stylish comfort.

Donna Carolina footwear is world renowned for the quality of the materials and artistry. Its products’ finery has built a loyal customer following, from the everyday footwear connoisseur to the royals and nobles of European courts. Born as a cobbler workshop, today Donna Carolina distributes its products to more than fifteen countries. Yet despite the growth, the company remains true to its foundation, giving the same attention to detail in each stage of the production. Over 100 steps are necessary to make a pair of Donna Carolina shoes.

Using only the best Italian materials, fashioned at the hands of master craftsmen who build each pair, Donna Carolina offers a variety of women’s footwear crafted according to the highest Italian shoemaking traditions. The result, a pair of shoes as unique as the woman who wears them. From super light sneakers in mesh or metallic suede in bold colors and slip-heels, to easy-to-slip-on trainers that are trendy and comfortable with a cushioned insole, flexible undersole, elastic laces, and a pull-tab at the heel. It’s the intricate stitching and details of each pair that set these trainers apart.

Also included in the collection, flirty pumps in daring patterns and prints, elegant slides and sporty suede lace-up boots with a chunky threaded outsole, a side zipper, and contrast laces. And not to be ignored, traditional leather moccasins and loafers with modern flairs like punctuated stitching and contrasting trims. Each combining classic style with cutting-edge design for all-day comfort. More than half a century ago, the two Terrin brothers embarked on handcrafting shoes with precision, always unique in design, with a passion for detail and made exclusively from the best materials.

Within a few years, the family established a highly regarded reputation in the Italian shoemaking world and eventually turned the Donna Carolina company into one of the leading shoe brands on the European market. Today, Donna Carolina shoe manufacturing incorporates the newest technology standards available. A passion for craftsmanship—the typical Italian Grandezza—the highest available quality, and a customized fit, turn every single Donna Carolina shoe into a small masterpiece which will complement every woman's outfit perfectly.