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2016.10.19

Shoemaker Riccardo Freccia Bestetti Passes Away

Posted in Feature by The World of Shoes

We are saddened by the news of Riccardo Freccia Bestetti, one of Italy's shoemaking greats, passing away due to illness.

According to the Instagram account of Shoegazing.se, classic shoemaker Riccardo Freccia Bestetti has passed away at a much too early age after a period of illness. He was a man with great passion for the craft, and perhaps the only Italian shoemaker who was originally schooled in making custom western boots.

He was famous for both bespoke shoemaking and his ready-to-wear styles, and highly regarded despite his relatively young age and few years in the limelight. His designs had lots of character and were true works of shoe art. Below is a selection of photos from his Instagram account @bestettishoes:

Novecento line.

A photo posted by Riccardo Bestetti (@bestettishoes) on

Bespoke , Oxford cap toe, last 1966

A photo posted by Riccardo Bestetti (@bestettishoes) on

Bespoke, Model York in pig skin leather, last 1966

A photo posted by Riccardo Bestetti (@bestettishoes) on

Boots and shoes, foto courtesy of @monsieur_bespoke

A photo posted by Riccardo Bestetti (@bestettishoes) on

Work in the sole.

A photo posted by Riccardo Bestetti (@bestettishoes) on

Balmoral Boot, Novecento line.

A photo posted by Riccardo Bestetti (@bestettishoes) on

Novecento line

A photo posted by Riccardo Bestetti (@bestettishoes) on

Novecento line, Model Bestetti, last perfetta

A photo posted by Riccardo Bestetti (@bestettishoes) on

Double monk strap in new chiesel toe last.

A photo posted by Riccardo Bestetti (@bestettishoes) on

Novecento line, model St Moritz for Medallion .

A photo posted by Riccardo Bestetti (@bestettishoes) on

Novecento line.

A photo posted by Riccardo Bestetti (@bestettishoes) on

Gladiator, Bespoke line.

A photo posted by Riccardo Bestetti (@bestettishoes) on

Farewell campione, you and your work will be missed by many.

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