Like a Wes Anderson movie, the Diemme story does not have one true main character, rather it’s an ensemble cast, that comes together from across the world to create Diemme’s unique line of casual footwear. The shoes are manufactured in Montebulluna, Italy by Calzaturificio Diemme, with the help of two design and sales companies, Blender Agency from Norway, and GMT Tokyo in Japan, as well as MnO International, a Swedish distributor. At the heart of the Diemme project lies two brothers, Dennis and Maico Signor, who have been manufacturing boots under the Calzaturificio Diemme name since 1992.
Dennis began producing hunting boots nearly a decade prior to that in 1983, when he was but 13 years old, following in the footsteps of his grandfather, who had worked for years at one of Italy’s most famous shoe factories. Working alongside his brother Maico, Dennis has crafted shoes and boots for high-end labels such as Margiela, Chanel, Gucci, and Bottega Veneta. As an independent project Diemme channels the brother’s traditional expertise and applies it to a series of inventive, modern designs. The result is a collection of impeccably made sneakers and boots, that are also creative enough to sit alongside (or even outmatch) any designer footwear collection. From pony hair slip-ons, to velour hikers, to antelope leather lace-ups, Diemme’s designs might be out there on the surface, but you can rest assured that underneath all that flash is one exquisite piece of footwear. —JG