At the beginning of the 19th century, in Castel D'ario (Mantova) where the first shoe factory was set up, there were lots of small, family-run workshops that produced handmade footwear with leather uppers annd wooden solos. After the first world war, at the outset of industrialisation, the small "Fratelli Travenzoli" concern started to produce different types of footwear using the "Ideal" method (outer stitching along the edge of the sole). These techniques have been persued by current 6th generation owner Fabio Travenzoli since 1984.

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