Jo Ghost is a veteran when it comes to making fine, elegant, and timeless leather footwear both for men and women. It started from humble beginnings as a small business supported by wholesalers until it grew to what it is today: a luxury brand for brave individuals “who dares to challenge the conventions and show his decisive and eccentric side.”

Owned by the Princes shoe factory, the brand cemented its roots in Montegranaro, a small medieval village in Italy in 1972, under the capable and creative hands of Mario Finocchi. Finocchi now leads the business with his sons Paola and Mauro. What sets it apart from other cordwainer brands is the precise focus given to the handmaking process. The intricate details make a standout and unique pair. The shoes are daring, bold, “unrivaled and dictates the trend.”

Indeed, no detail is amiss, from the neat stitches, precise cuts, and perfectly tanned and glossed-leather. Not to mention the homespun and tattered aesthetics that make any interested buyer want to run their hands on the texture to feel its suppleness.

Moreover, Jo Ghost takes extra care in the craftsmanship of their shoes and boots collection. Aside from the hand-colored buffing and vegetable tanning, they employ certain shoe washing techniques to give each pair their unique classic beauty. They polish the shoes to a slim silhouette and stamped or stitched patterns on the surface and include beautiful engravings on the soles.

Suffice to say, Jo Ghost does not settle for mediocre leather pieces. They want designer shoes that provide both comfort and beauty. They want their collection to be heirloom-worthy as such they take great care in the making process. And with its vast offerings, you may be at a loss on which pair to add to your collection of designer shoes and boots. Below you will find five of the best Italian men’s shoes from the brand.

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Jo Ghost 1418 Bordo Leather Zip Up Boots

These minimalistic ankle boots feature hand-stamped and stitched patterns and crafted from Bordo leather for soft and supple comfort. It comes in a burgundy color and features a leather sole and lining. Instead of laces or buckles, it has a side zipper for ease and convenience in wear.

Outside of the intricate details on the surface, the sole has some etchings for an added flourish. This pair boasts a classic and versatile appeal that fits any casual or dressy occasion.

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Jo Ghost 1858 Brown Lizard Print Leather Buckle Zipper Boots

This unique pair is reminiscent of riding boots with its slim silhouette. It has pointed outsoles and toe box and additional buckled support over the side zipper. It comes in brown leather with a lizard print trim and also uses leather for its lining and sole.

These shoes also have the brand’s signature engraving on the sole. It is handmade to genuine perfection so you can wear these ankle boots dress down or dress up.

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Jo Ghost 2033 Black Leather Zip Up Boots

This black leather pair comes with a zip-up side, leather sole, and leather lining and has the brand’s signature sole engraving. It looks elegant and stylish with its linear stitched patterns and well-defined backstay. These leather shoes definitely call for a suit and tie memo.

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Jo Ghost 2031 Black Perforated Leather Zip Up Boots

Exquisite does not fully describe the aesthetics of these zip-up ankle boots. It uses black perforated leather with stamped abstract patterns to give it that charismatic and vibrant appeal. This is a pair worthy of a second glance and careful caress. It befits those who dare to go bold and loud in their choice of footwear.

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Jo Ghost 2014BIS Black Leather Suede Trim Zipper Boots

Simple, functional, and stylish, these black leather boots boast a smooth flawless exterior with leather lining and sole. A suede trim that runs in the middle complements its minimalistic yet trendy design. This pair can go places thanks to its versatile appeal. It would look good with jeans or dress pants.

Leather boots or shoes are pricey and for a good reason. It requires great care, precision, and focus on handcraft, polish, buff, stitch, and preserve the material to achieve its timeless elegance. That’s why when it comes to leather shoes or boots, you should not settle for anything less. Quality, comfort, and beauty should all go hand in hand.

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