Bruno Magli Shoe Review – Italian Shoe Masters

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Bruno Magli Shoes – Italian Luxury Redefined

Bruno Magli is an Italian brand that specializes on quality footwear and leather goods for men and women. Today we review the brand’s history, where they are coming from, were they are and what the future holds for the brand. We tend to focus our review on shoes dedicated to men, that is not to say they don’t make other products but we will like to exhaustively tackle the shoes they have in store for men.

History of the Bruno Magli Brand

Bruno Magli shoe brand was founded in1936 by the three slibings Marino, Bruno and Mario in their hometown Bologna, Italy. Sometimes Bruno Magli shoes are referred to as Bologna shoes just because of its location. The three siblings learnt the act of shoe making from their grandfather and quickly established the first factory called the Calzaturifico Magli.

Shortly after World War II in 1947 the trio built their first manufacturing facility in Bologna and expanded greatly throughout Italy. They also used the opportunity to expand the brand and include other line of products.

Till date the company’s major factory is located in Bologna and has expanded greatly, opening over 60 retail outlets throughout United States, Australia, China and some European countries.

Bruno Magli Shoe Construction

Bruno Magli utilizes a variety of construction for the shoes they make. The three most popular construction technique used are Goodyear Construction, Blake-stitched Construction and Bologna Construction.

Blake Construction

Blake Construction is one of the most flexible shoe construction type ideal for mocassins and boat shoes. In the blake construction the lasted upper is sewn directly through the outsole which maybe either leather or rubber. It’s simple to construct and leaves shoes that are not waterproof.

Blake/Rapid Construction

This construction type is similar to the normal blake construction but with an added blake perimeter stitch attaching the outsole.

Goodyear Welt Construction

Usually is implemented for heavy duty boots. It results in soles that are generally regarded as waterproof. The name Goodyear was gotten from its inventor Charles Goodyear. The stitch that attaches the sole to the shoe runs around the edges rather than through them leaving the upper without holes. The upper are sewn tightly to the welt which are attached first by a horizontal goodyear stitch.

Check here for more shoe construction types and diagrammatic representations.

Bologna Construction

The Bologna construction is used mainly for Italian fashion shoes. The construction type results in clean and flexible Italian dress shoes. A shoe lining is attached to the upper fitting the last tightly. Then the upper is fastened to the sole via the blake stitching method.

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Bruno Magli Men’s Westy

 The Westy can be regarded as a low top fashion sneaker. It comes in three main colors i.e. Blue, Grey and Brown. Made right here in the USA you will find this sneaker comfortable and classy. It’s quite sophisticated and solidly built. It is made up of leather material and features 7 eyelets and a lace that blends seamlessly to the color of the upper. The stitching detailing is top class and with a white sole you can’t go wrong with this on a pair of denim jeans or chinos for that subtle relaxed look.

Bruno Magli Men’s Partie Penny Moccasin

The Partie Mocassin by Bruno Magli can serve both formal and casual occasions. It’s no wonder they are almost sold out. Form the board room to the playhouse, slip effortlessly into these shoes when time is of the essence. Once you get the sizing right all that is required is a little time to break in, then you can enjoy this shoe. You got to have some of the fancy colors in your closet. Remember it’s made of suede, so water could stain it.

Bruno Magli Men’s Rimini Fashion Sneaker

Bruno Magli Men's Rimini Fashion Sneaker

This fashion sneaker features a rubber sole, an interchangeable insole and is made form 100% genuine leather. If you are looking to purchase an Italian sneaker you can go wrong with this beauty. The Rimini is sleekishly designed with all the required modern elements of the go-to sneaker. The woven detailing at the upper is particularly pleasing. It also features a paddled collar, round toe, durable rubber sole and elastic gussets.

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Bruno Magli Men’s Gino Tuxedo Oxford

Bruno Magli Men's Gino Tuxedo OxfordTwo tone like construction in a mix of 75% leather and 25% textile material.Very classy, with a unique cap toe construction. This a very nice dress shoe and although it hasn’t gotten much reviews yet I still picked it because it’s very attractive to the eye. Whether it’s comfortable or durable remains a debate but am guessing a $300+ shoe should offer great value.

Bruno Magli Men’s Alvar

 The Alvar main feature remains the stylish wingtip construction at the upper, a laced up enclosure and an almond shaped toe. It is constructed with leather lining and insole. Leather sole and made in Italy. Italian shoe lovers will love the Rust/sand/linen variation which is quite tilted towards more dresser outfits.

Bruno Magli Men’s Maioco Lace-Up Dress Shoe

Strictly for formal wears. Take your game up a little with the classy features of the Maioco by Bruno Magli. It’s smooth and stylishly polished, handmade and crafted by the best hands in the business. From boardroom to boardroom this timeless classic is sure to accentuate the dapper look you have always dreamed of. This goat skin( polished Nappa leather) is softer and more supple than your regular calf leather. The result, a great dress shoe that takes little time to break in and durable.

Bruno Magli Cap Toe Shoes

Bruno Magli Mens Waldo

Bruno Magli Mens Waldo A bad shoe can ruin a great outfit but great shoe can step up a bad outfit. #fact Take it up to another level with Waldo by Bruno Magli. Laced up closure with a fine leather upper. You can’t go wrong with the Waldo wingtip that features bold and clear brogue detailing and soft leather lining.

Bruno Magli Wingtip Shoes

Bruno Magli Mens Simon

bruno magli simon Only available in burgundy, the Simon by Bruno Magli is a epitome of beauty. For those that dare to dare, a take away from the regular safe black and brown dress shoes. Spice up your collection with burgundy Simon. Lace up enclosure, leather upper, wingtip design, soft leather lining and a durable outsole.

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Bruno Magli Men’s Monza Slip-on

Bruno Magli Men's Monza Slip-on Quite pricey for a dress moc,if you ask me. That said the Monza is all you will ever need in an Italian driving shoe that can add that dapper touch to your outfits.  Most Bruno shoes are handcrafted in Italy and the Monza is no expection. It features high quality leather upper, a unique leather lining that is flexible enough to take the shape of your foot and a durable leather sole. One major feature I like about the Monza is the bicycle shape of the toe. Extremely classy I tell you.

Bruno Magli Men’s Boca Slip-On Loafer

Bruno Magli Men's Boca Slip-On Loafer The Boca slip-on loafer by Bruno Magli is handmade with suede. They are nicely constructed and run ½ a size bigger than what you regularly wear. Color variants available include Moka, Cognac,Navy and Red.

Bruno Magli Men’s Pittore Loafer


Bruno Magli Men's Pittore Loafer The Pittore loafer is one shoe by Bruno that is true to size. Order the right pair and enjoy the comfort it brings to your foot. The Pittore speaks for itself, people will notice, they will compliment and admire you. It features a metal strap at the vamp, leather lining and a cushioned footbed. It is comfortable to wear straight out of the box with little to no break in period.

Bruno Magli Men’s Partie

Finally in my list of best Bruno loafers comes the highly breathable Partie. A penny loafer with style.  Any shoe I list here is of high quality, trust me. I only do quality shoes, if it were not so I would have told you. The Partie is a high end quality shoe that can stand shoulder high with Allen Edmonds and Alden. Go for the rich chocolate brown or the blue suede variant, trust me, you will love them.

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FAQ around the world about Bruno Magli

Are Bruno Magli shoes true to size?

Yes most of them are true to sizing. There hasn’t been too much issues of the size from verified purchases by customers.

Are Bruno Magli shoes made in China?

Bruno Magli shoes are not made in China. They are crafted and made in Bologna, Italy where the company’s main modern factory is located. Any retailer advertising made in China is most probably a knock off.

Update: I saw somewhere where a consumer said that Bruno Magli now makes shoes in China. He specifically said “Magli by Bruno Magli” made in China. Am yet to verify this information but it does look like a diffusion brand to produce low to middle end shoes to carter of a wider market.

Read this thread: https://www.askandyaboutclothes.com/forum/showthread.php?100688-Shock-Bruno-Magli-now-make-shoes-in-China

Can Bruno Magli shoes be resoled?

Yes Bruno Magli shoes can be resoled. Check out this site http://www.nushoe.com/bruno-magli-shoe-repair.html for various resoling options of leather soled shoes.

Are Bruno Magli shoes any Good?

Bruno shoes are a lot of good in different ways. Quality, comfort, durability, styling, design, features, just name it. They are a top Italian brand, so expect nothing short of high quality.

Are Bruno Magli shoes comfortable?

Yes they are very comfortable shoes to own. Just read this tread on reddit to have a feel of what am trying to pass across to you

Bruno Magli Shoe Quality?

High quality shoes that are rightly priced. On a scale of 1-10 I would place Allen Edmonds 8 and Bruno at 7.8.  Yea right, you heard me. They are very close in terms of quality to AE shoes with a few pairs surpassing AE in some aspects like comfort and trendy designs.

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