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A contemporary
story with
a long history

Each Pas De Rouge creation is a gift coming from a long tradition of venetian maestros.

Every day, as they get to the Maison’s laboratories, artisans can breath a history rife with elegance, the main inspiration of Riviera del Brenta since the times of princesses and Dogi.

We are in the heart of Veneto region, where century-olds style highest standards have characterised architecture, painting, sculpture, but sartorial and manufacturing arts as well.

Venetian rulers set the standard with their absolute refinement and class, showing a flawless behaviour during public events.

However, ease was key when it came to their exclusively elegant footwear. No compromise was allowed, as no obstacle should come between them and their pursuit of majesty.

This means only a handful of selected shoes, handcrafted in the best artisanal studios in Venice, could meet their standard for excellence.

Only a few maestros could, at the hand of the day, untie their apron and go home with a smile on their face knowing they had dressed the feet of Dogi and Princesses.

Such a natural pursuit of perfection has been the driving force behind the peaks in talent and craftsmanship the laboratories of Riviera del Brenta have reached. Tradition set a standard of elegance yet to be approached nowadays, as new technologies have followed one another in a quintessentially Italian history of passion.

This is the reason why every morning artisans at Pas De Rouge tie their aprons with artists’ hands, getting ready to create fine pieces of footwear in one of the historical shoe factories of Riviera del Brenta.

Gritti shoe factory is one of the most highly valued and recognised in the area, now serving as a reference for shoemaking for the most exclusive brands in the world – especially Italian and French brands.

Gritti has succeeded in distilling venetian artisanal quality and shoemaking tradition in a brand with a hint of Made in Paris glamour. A one-of-a-kind choice for both the making and the style. As unique as every woman is.

“Pas de Rouge shoes are
lightweight and beautiful:
this is the proof that
you don’t need to suffer
to be fashionable.”

History

The Gritti Footwear factory is established in 1984 in Fossò, near Venice, as an evolution of the Zampieri family’s men’s footwear company. Even if the initial intention may have been to create a new company destined to support and extend the production of men’s footwear, instead, in a shot time, Gritti makes a new decision. It decides to enter the market with its own brand, offering range of women’s footwear inspired by the men’s tradition. Casual pumps and moccasins are produced using the sup-lasting method (the Italian “Lavorazione a sacchetto”).

The definition Comfortable Soul is perfect for Pas de Rouge because in each pair, the tradition of shoe manufacturing, as well as the experience and high level of craftsmanship used combined with raw materials that have been carefully studied to guarantee lightweight shoes offering a perfect fit.

The slip-lasting production process gives excellent results, based on a combination of modernity and tradition, in which technique and experience merge to create a product that charms the foot.

Manufacturing

The definition Comfortable Soul is perfect for Pas de Rouge because in each pair, the tradition of shoe manufacturing, as well as the experience and high level of craftsmanship used combine with raw materials that have been carefully studied to guarantee lightweight shoes offering a perfect fit.

The slip-lasting production process gives excellent results, based on a combination of modernity and tradition, in which technique and experience merge to create a product that charms the foot. 

Being able to wear stunning shoes that are not a source of discomfort all day long is probably one of the most common wishes of all women everywhere. If they only knew that, for more than 10 years, Pas de Rouge has been hard at work studying all the technical details needed to make this wish come true!

Light components and a unique slip-lasting production method, not to mention the company’s tireless research are only a few of the secrets behind the recipe for success embodied by the most lightweight footwear on the market.

Distribution

Pas de Rouge is distributed throughout the world: from Italy to Russia, from Canada to every European country but also in China, Japan, Australia and the United States, still reaching a growing number of customers thanks to its unique products.

Values

Ethics, sustainability and transparency are the key values which have always been pursued by the Gritti Footwear factory.
The production site, encompassing assembly lines, raw material and finished product warehouses, has just been renovated, all in full compliance with the most recent standards of energy saving, limiting environmental impact to a minimum.
The site is also equipped with a fully autonomous photovoltaic system and, in the production areas, with modern systems for the aspiration of dust and fumes.

The mission of Pas de Rouge pursues the same value that underpins its commitment to its consumers: recognising and benefiting from the importance of a short production chain.

This is why Pas de Rouge relies on a network of suppliers who are internationally renowned for their expertise, yet provide zero mileage products, so making the most of the skills of the local craftsmen which have earned the Brenta Riviera District its excellent reputation worldwide.