While Rome houses the headquarters of iconic Italian labels Gucci and Fendi, the ancient city is also home to uneven, hard to navigate cobblestone roads that many Italian women teeter and totter down daily in their sky-high heels. If you live in Rome or are planning on visiting and don’t want to ditch your stilettos, there’s no need to start shopping for flats. According to Italy magazine, Mayor Gianni Alemanno plans to smooth many of the city’s sidewalks and streets with new even cobblestones and repave high traffic areas to make them easier for women in heels. The first road to get a makeover is the iconic Via del Corso and construction will begin by the end of this year.
We’re betting the ankles, not to mention the designer shoes, of Italian women are thanking Alemanno for his practical solution. Shoe-obsessed women shouldn’t have to make sometimes no-so-practical footwear choices. Our fingers are crossed that more cities will follow suit.
Huffington Post: “And we’re sure the new streets will also be safer for your shoes; heaven forbid you snap a Manolo heel on an uneven stone.” [Huffington Post]
Daily Mail UK: “You know you’re in a city that takes fashion seriously when its roads are designed to help high-heeled women walk safely and avoid damaging their precious Italian shoes.” [Daily Mail UK]
Jordan Porter, fashion market editor: “If street fashion blogs have taught us one thing it’s that the Italian fashion set love a sky-high heel so if this is a re-election ploy, you can bet the mayor has their vote!”
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