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There’s a reason black is a classic, timeless color that’s always in style — It matches everything! No matter what your personal fashion style is like, black leather shoes are a wardrobe staple that goes with any outfit or occasion. Whether you’re looking for an everyday casual shoe or a comfortable black leather shoe to fit a special occasion, our Italeau collection of women’s black leather shoes has something for everyone.
At Italeau, our black leather shoes are a stylish and fashionable addition to any outfit. Handcrafted by Italian artisans in the foothills of Italy, our black leather shoes blend timeless style with modern features, ensuring you stay comfortable no matter where you’re headed.
Plus, at Italeau, we pride ourselves on giving back and creating a consciously-made product. All of our women’s black leather shoes are made in Italy by artisans that are fairly paid and protected. We believe in giving back to the world and creating goods that are consciously made. That’s why a portion of our profits go to water.org to provide clean water access to communities in need. Like the soles beneath our feet, we value water’s foundational role in our lives. We are proud to say that each time you purchase a piece of Italeau footwear, you provide long-term clean water access for someone else.
If you’re interested in learning more about what goes into making our women’s black leather shoes, keep reading.
Black leather shoes have been a wardrobe essential for generations. Whether you’re looking for a comfortable everyday style or a business professional shoe, black leather shoes can fit the look for any occasion.
There are a few reasons these stylish fashion pieces have stayed popular throughout the years:
Timeless style - Since black never goes out of style, you can rest assured that your black leather shoes will always be a fashionable addition to your wardrobe.
Versatile - Dress up your black leather shoes for a night out or wear them casually with denim. Their versatility makes them a go-to staple, ensuring you can wear your black leather shoes for several different occasions.
Durable - Italian leather is known as one of the most durable and also comfortable fabric for shoes. Your Italian leather shoes from Italeau will be able to withstand normal wear and tear while lasting you decades.
Comfortable - When you buy a black leather shoe from Italeau, you’ll receive a comfortable and stylish shoe that is not only luxurious but also functional. We design each pair of shoes with a supportive shape and memory foam insoles to offer the ultimate luxury of comfort all day long.
Because of this, women have made black leather shoes a wardrobe essential for generations.
Black leather shoes have several benefits that have kept them at the forefront of women’s fashion throughout the years. While they come in countless different styles, there are some less popular benefits to black leather shoes you might not be aware of:
Value for your money: When you purchase a pair of black leather shoes, you’ll enjoy years of wearing them, making them a great long-term investment into your shoes. The quality of our black leather shoes is unmatched, making them an excellent investment for their value. Premium Italian leather should outlast the traditional factory shoe and provide the owner with a long lifespan for years to come.
Breathability: One of the biggest benefits of black leather shoes is the breathability of Italian leather. Italian leather has natural qualities that make it a lightweight and circulated material, keeping your feet feeling fresh when wearing them. You won’t find the same breathability with other types of leather.
Comfortable: Italian leather will mold to your foot over time, providing a fit that is custom to your foot and extremely comfortable. This is thanks to the flexibility and ability of Italian leather to shift to the shape of the wearer.
Stylish: You don’t have to worry about black leather shoes going out of style. Their timelessness will remain a popular trend in fashion for both casual and high-end occasions.
Protection: Our black Italian leather shoes are waterproof and stainproof, providing an extra layer of protection for your feet. You’ll be safe from external elements such as rain, cold, or dirt as you wander through the world with them.
There are so many benefits to owning a pair of black leather shoes! Plus, we cut the middleman out of the buying process, providing our customers with direct-to-you prices. You’ll enjoy luxury quality without the luxury cost.
Black leather shoes can go with so many different occasions, styles and outfits, making them very easy to style. They’re perfect for any season and can be worn casually or dressed up for a special occasion. Here are a few of our favorite ways to style our women’s black leather shoes:
With jeans and a blazer: Pair your black leather booties or ballet flats with a pair of dark denim skinny jeans and a stylish blazer for a trendy business casual look perfect for a day-to-night outfit.
Leggings and a sweater: For a casual and comfortable day, pair some black leather ballet flats with leggings for a cozy look.
Black jeans: Take advantage of the perfect pairing and match your black leather shoes with black denim.
A long skirt or dress: Our black leather mules or ballet flats are a perfect pairing with your spring dresses. Pair them with a floral pattern for a transitional look that works for any occasion.
White jeans: Create a dramatic contrasting look by pairing black leather shoes with white jeans. This stylish combination of colors looks fabulous for a casual outing to the farmer’s market or running errands.
With your favorite little black dress: What goes better with a little black dress than a pair of black leather shoes? Our collection of women’s black leather shoes will look fabulous with your favorite dress.
Pantsuit: Pair our black leather loafers or flats with your favorite business professional pantsuit for an elevated office style.
No matter your personal style, our black leather shoes can pair with a variety of outfits throughout the year.
You can wear black leather shoes with countless outfits across a variety of occasions. Thanks to their versatility, you can mix and match styles, colors and patterns with black leather shoes, making them a wardrobe staple for women across the world. Whether you pair your black leather shoes with denim, skirts or a more business casual look, you can be sure you’ll look classy and timeless.
No matter what time of year, black is a versatile and dynamic shoe color. Whether it’s snowing outside or bright and sunny, your black leather shoes can fit the mood. In winter, try styling our Foliana Booties with jeans. Their waterproof technology and shearling lining will keep your feet dry and warm even in cooler temps. Or, in the summer, pair our Cecile Mules with a white flowy skirt. For transitional seasons like fall and spring, opt for our loafers or Flexlite flats. You can pair them with a cashmere sweater for cooler temps or a floral spring dress. No matter the season, you can wear your black leather Italeau shoes and feel confident in your choice.
The fashion icon Coco Chanel once said, “Black has it all… It is the perfect harmony.” Women have loved black leather shoes for generations, as evidenced by Coco’s quote from decades ago. One of the reasons is thanks to their versatility and ability to match almost any color or outfit. You can wear black leather shoes with jeans, skirts, pants, or even shorts, making them a perfect addition to any women’s wardrobe.
Women also love black leather shoes because of the confidence they can provide. Put on a pair of black leather shoes, and you can take on the world thanks to your put-together and classic style. While it might seem like a dark, brooding color, black is the perfect way to make any outfit stylish and elevated. That’s why our beloved retail partner Neiman Marcus once said, “Women who wear black lead colorful lives.”
Since black leather shoes are a staple for any season or occasion, there is no best time to wear black leather shoes! Anytime is a great time to wear them. For formal occasions, you can pair our loafers of flats with a suit or dress, elevating your style for special events. But they’re also perfect for casual everyday wear. Plus, because they’re waterproof, you can wear your black leather shoes in rain, snow, sleet or sunshine. Your feet will stay dry and warm - no matter the weather.
Thanks to their classic style and timeless design, black leather shoes are always in style. While styles and designs have changed over the years, they have remained a wardrobe staple because of their versatility and range of styles. Whether you opt for a slide-on loafer or waterproof leather bootie, black leather shoes can be dressed up or down, making them always trendy shoes.
At Italeau, we’ve added modern features to the timeless black leather shoe, including Flexlite technology and cushioned memory foam insoles with arch support. This ensures your black leather shoes aren’t just trendy — they’re also comfortable to wear all day.
To fully appreciate the durability of handmade Italian leather shoes, it’s important to understand how Italian leather is made and the technique that is applied when crafting our shoes. Leather has been used to create durable shoes for centuries, with leather being discovered in shoes dating back to the B.C. eras. While the techniques and materials have evolved, the Italian leather has remained a high-end material for crafting long-lasting shoes.
What makes Italian leather so special? It’s renowned for its full-grain, which has a pristine structure to ensure the leather is durable for years to come. Additionally, Italian artisans have a complex method of tanning the hide to produce a soft and comfortable leather for your black leather shoes.
No matter your style or budget, Italeau shoes will offer guaranteed comfort and quality. All of our shoes are handmade by skilled Italian artisans that have been trained in leather shoe making techniques. You won’t be able to achieve the same quality and handmade techniques in a factory. Our artisans use techniques that have been passed down from generations, resulting in a unique handmade luxury shoe you’ll wear year after year.
While most leather shoes can be damaged in water, our handcrafted Italian leather shoes are waterproof. This ensures that water won’t permeate our black leather shoes and subsequently break down the leather. Our waterproofing greatly extends the lifespan of the shoe, ensuring the protective shield keeps the leather intact and looking fresh. Additionally, it allows the wearer of the shoe to keep their feet dry in any inclement weather that they encounter while also not sacrificing the quality of the leather.
Non-waterproof leather shoes have many more restrictions with wearing and cleaning, creating a headache for the owners. That’s why all of our leather shoes are waterproof. We want you to be able to enjoy your black leather Italeau shoes any time of the year, and for any occasion. If you’re going to make the investment in a handmade pair of Italian leather shoes, make sure they’re durable enough to withstand the elements — like our Italeau shoes.
Did you know that leather and suede have been used to make shoes for over 5,500 years? While using leather or suede isn’t a new concept, the techniques and materials have come a long way to make leather the premier material for ultimate comfort and durability. At Italeau, we know that Italian leather is a premium material for shoemaking for several reasons.
One of the main reasons suede and leather are perfect for your black leather shoes is their durability. Your shoes are the foundation of your daily adventures. You should have a durable shoe that can withstand the test of time. Leather and suede are both extremely tough yet soft and comfortable, making them the perfect material that will last a long time.
While leather and suede are extremely durable, with frequent wear and tear, your shoes might need repair. Leather and suede can easily be repaired due to their natural qualities, ensuring you’ll be able to continue wearing them without replacing them. On the other hand, synthetic materials and designs often cannot be repaired, costing you more money to replace them.
Italian leather and suede is also a perfect shoe material thanks to its natural flexibility that will mold to the wearer's feet. When you first get your shoes, you might be concerned or surprised by the initial stiffness of the material. However, after gradually wearing the shoe, it will begin to break in and mold to your foot. You’ll realize that Italian leather is not only incredibly strong - but it’s also flexible. Its incredible strength, combined with its unique comfort, creates a shoe material that is the best of both worlds.
Another reason leather and suede are great for black leather shoes is that it is an eco-conscious material. Italian leather and suede are free of harmful chemicals and a natural material that is void of any toxic ingredients. Thanks to their natural qualities, they have incredible circulation and breathability for your shoe, ensuring your feet are cool and odorless.
Ultimately, Italian leather and suede are comfortable, durable and versatile, making them the perfect materials for our black shoes. Don’t believe us? Try a pair, and you’ll discover the difference between a high-quality, handmade Italian leather shoe and an off-the-rack, factory-made shoe.
Black leather shoes have a major benefit - they can hide dirt and debris from wear and tear thanks to the darker color. While our shoes are waterproof and stain resistant, we still recommend cleaning your shoes every 1-3 months to keep them looking new and to help extend the life of your black leather shoes.
To clean your black leather shoes, follow these steps:
Brush off any dirt or debris - The first step to cleaning your black leather shoe is cleaning off any noticeable dirt or debris on the shoe — both on the exterior and the sole of the shoe. You can use a soft rag or brush to wipe away anything on the shoe's surface.
Gently apply soap - Next, mix together a gentle solution that can help remove any caked-on dirt or stains. We suggest mixing warm (not hot) water and a small teaspoon of dish soap in a bowl, allowing the soap to lather and combine fully. Then dip a brush or rag into the water and wipe the exterior surface of the shoe to remove the grime and dirt.
Rinse - After applying the soap, take the time to remove any excess soap left on the shoe with a separate, slightly damp rag. A microfiber towel is great to ensure there are no leftover particles on the shoe.
Condition the leather - If you want to extend the life of your shoe and keep your black leather shoes soft, incorporate conditioner into your shoe care routine. This can greatly extend their wearability and improve the appearance of your shoe. Follow the instructions on the label, but you’ll usually apply the conditioner directly to the shoe and allow it to sit for 10-15 minutes. Then, buff it off with another soft cloth.
Dry - Once complete, leave your shoe to dry in the open air for at least 24 hours. Since heat can crack or damage the leather, avoid placing them in the sun or by a heater.
Thanks to the durability of black leather shoes, they can last you decades if you follow some tips and tricks to keep them cared for when you’re not wearing them. Some popular ways to extend the life of your black leather shoes include:
Keeping them in a dust bag when they’re not in use —Keeping them in a dust bag will ensure they stay clean when you’re not wearing them and protect them from strong sunlight or other natural elements.
If they get wet, let them dry out completely - If your Italian leather shoes get wet, you don’t have to worry because they’re waterproof. However, it can be helpful to stuff newspaper in them overnight to let them dry naturally.
Shoe trees can help them keep their shape - There are high-quality cedar shoe trees with a light fragrance and natural antibacterial properties to ensure your shoes stay clean and fresh at all times.
Invest in the right tools for cleaning - While not necessary, it can be helpful to purchase some leather-specific cleaning tools for your shoes. This will ensure you’re using high-quality materials when it comes time for regular cleanings.
Thanks to their durability, your black leather shoes will last several years whether you follow these instructions or not. However, with the right care and cleaning, you’ll extend the life of them and have comfortable, like-new shoes for years to come.