Traveling in Style With Handmade Sandals From the Amalfi Coast

First Lady Jackie Kennedy couldn't resist buying a pair decades ago, and it's easy to see why.

By: Jerry Finzi, Grand Voyage Italy

When voyaging in Campania, one of the best things a woman can bring back is custom-made sandals from Capri, Sorrento, Positano, Amalfi (town) or Ravello.

While these sandali artigianali shops will have ready-to-wear models, it’s more fun to have them make a pattern of your feet, walk around town for a while, and when you return, you’ll have exactly what you wanted, custom-sized to your feet.

They also offer more affordable ready-made soles which can be trimmed out to your personal taste. They have a wide variety of lacing and decorative trimmings, such as Swarovski crystals.


In Capri, arguably the most well-known shop is Canfora (where decades ago, Jackie Kennedy bought hers), although other sandal shops dot the towns of Marina Grande and Ancapri.

Keep in mind that the prices for custom sandals in Capri are generally higher than shops in towns along the Amalfi Coast.

Sorrento also has many shops, including Sandali Corcione on Corso Italia.

In Positano, one of the more popular shops for sandals is Safari, with Nana, a close second.

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