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Enzo Bonafè

Founded 1963 in Italy
Based in Bologna

Our company was founded in 1963 by Enzo Bonafè. With the initial help of a handful of collaborators and his wife Guerrina, Enzo Bonafè tried, in the midst of adversities, to obstinately bring to the forefront his personal ideas about the production of high-end footwear.

Over decades, these main lines have proved successful, allowing us to enlarge our productive performance and consolidate our market, to finally reach the shop-windows of the most prestigious boutiques in Italy, Europe, and throughout the world, where “Made in Italy” has always been synonymous of elegance and quality.

Still today, Enzo Bonafè leads our company, as always with the help of his wife, his children Silvia and Massimo, and his son-in-law Roberto. A family-owned business, a perfect solution that goes hand in hand with the goal of keeping the organisational structure small and the production limited.


Bologna, Italy



Construction methods

Hand welted, Blake, Norwegian

Product ranges


Price range


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