THE JOURNEY

THE JOURNEY

Hello, I’m Melie. I’m the founder of sandals label ROCCAPINA. Here’s my story..

Two summers ago, I was on the hunt again for elegant, handmade leather sandals. But I was struggeling to find my perfect pair of sandals. They had to be stylish and elegant but of high quality and made with fine leather. Expensive high end designer sandals were not in my budget so one day I thought, why not create a beautiful, elegant flat sandal with a little special something — at a reasonable price.

It started with Italian language classes in Tuscany. Followed by months of research, trying all avenues under the sun to find suitable producers in Italy. Countless emails and phone calls later, I travelled to Milan to meet with old world craftsmen, accessory producers in Veneto, sandal specialists in the Marche region. I even developed my own lasts in Italy.

Had anyone told me it would take me years pulling it all together, I don’t think I would have ever started.
So finally two months after my baby was born, ROCCAPINA had come to life too which means in 2017 I am now juggeling two babies, motherhood and the business.

ROCCAPINA is a true labor of love and my personal passion project. I made more mistakes than I’d like to admit but learned sooo much on the way. During the product development the project has changed and evolved and that too, has taught me so much more.


ROCCAPINA

ROCCAPINA

The result — a collection of summer sandals handmade in Italy’s famous shoe region Emilia-Romagna. ROCCAPINA embodies the lighthearted attitude and adventurous spirit of Australia, paired with the appreciation of traditional craftsmanship. ROCCAPINA celebrates subtle elegance at a very high quality, without the luxury price tag.

Reflecting life and travels between Europe and Australia, ROCCAPINA pairs classic shapes with finest fabrics and embellishments. We use supple calfskin and nappa from Italy, Swarovski crystals and rhinestones. Our Swarovski crystal elements are made in Italy. Every pair of ROCCAPINA sandals is made locally, manufactured and hand-embellished in Italy. Our jewelled sandals are created in limited volumes to ensure you wear a special piece.

Thanks for joining me on my sparkly journey!
I wish you a happy summer.


x, Melie

Hi, we’re ROCCAPINA

PRODUCT PHILOSOPHY

PRODUCT PHILOSOPHY

ROCCAPINA sandals are made by hand.

We design shoes based on the slow fashion principle. We do not produce several collections each year but timeless editions with a focus on quality rather than newness. A big part of ROCCAPINA’s philosophy is supporting small experienced family businesses. Our artisan factory is based in San Mauro Pascoli, a remote town on the Adriatic Coast in Italy. We know the craftsmen personally and they are passionate about their work and have decades experience working with luxury brands. 

Our shoes are built on Italian lasts that we have developed with highly experienced craftsmen. They ensure a beautiful shape, fit and feel.

We have designed every ROCCAPINA jewelled sandal with comfort and elegance in mind. We created a sole that is both stylish and comfortable and made of high quality Italian leather.

For our editions 2018 we have released a limited edition range of flat thong sandals and classic t-strap styles.

Our FactoryOur Factory

Our Factory