Summer with the Friulane Shoes

Summer with the Friulane Shoes

  • Halfway between slipper and ballerina, Friulane shoes have come back to fashion in an elegant key and perfectly combine comfort and elegance.

Traditionally, wore on holiday by local friulana girls then discovered by venetian gondoliers  who wore them on the gondolas to facilitate their stride.

Genderless and timeless, Friulane shoes are a must-have for your summertime.

They pair perfectly with denim or a silk light summer dresses.


The Friulane slippers, also known as a papussa or furlane, is one of the most popular shoes to emerge from Friuli and to reach fame in Venice in recent years. Worn by Venetian gondoliers, these shoes are genderless and perfect for both men and women. 


They can be dressed up or down and can be found in a wide range of colors and patterns.

So where would you mostly wear them?



If you’re a fan of the effortless elegance that’s synonymous with Italian style, you’re sure to love Friulane shoes. These slipper-style flats are a luxurious alternative to heels, and they’re also perfect for casual occasions.                        Unlike ballet flats or other slipper-style flats, these shoes can be worn anywhere and with any outfit. They’re more stylish than espadrilles and more sophisticated than ballet flats, and they’re the perfect choice for any day out. They’re great for walking on the beach, going shopping, or just hanging out at home.

Because they are extremely comfortable and versatile they can be worn with shorts or long dresses, and they can even be used as a stylish alternative to flip flops at a beach, from walking on the shore to grabbing coffee at a beach cabana             


They’re made from high-quality materials and are available in a wide variety of fabrics, so you can find the right pair for any occasion.

The classic version of the shoe can be adorned with embroidery or embellished with buckles and gems. Some are even designed to be personalized, making them a unique and elegant option for a gala evening or a wedding day.

In this era of fast fashion, it’s not surprising that these shoes have become popular around the world. They’re comfortable, fashionable, and durable, and they can be paired with any outfit. They’re also a great choice for everyday wear and can be worn with jeans or even formal dresses. 

These handmade shoes are perfect for any woman’s wardrobe. They’re comfortable and versatile, and they can be paired with any dress or shirt. They’re also great for a walk or traveling styled with your most comfy shorts. 


 And don't worry about ruined them by walking on the sand, on dirty trails or getting them wet in the sea water. Our velvet Tradizionale collection are hand-sewn and are made from organic velvet and recycled rubber from bicycle tires. They can be easily cleaned by hand with a soft cloth and mild soap.




Originally made by women from the Friuli mountains in villages, they found new life among the Venetian canals: gondoliers needed comfortable and stable shoes yet delicate on the wood of their boats. Friulane shoes, or scarpez (also called papusse) as the locals call them, are perfect to slip on to relax at home, or to accompany you to pool parties.

Whether solid or color block contrasting piping, in velvet or silk their handmade stitching makes each pair unique and comfortable: just like your favorite slippers. Made in Italy and hand-sewn.

Please note: Velvet items are close-fitting and may feel tight at first. However, the material adapts to your foot and yields quickly.




Furlane or friulane, also known as papusse, are traditional shoes from Friuli Venezia Giulia, in northeastern Italy. They are named after the region that they were invented in, and they gained popularity among Italian aristocrats for their elegant design.

These slippers are the perfect way to add a touch of class to your evening outfit.

They can be worn at a romantic dinner or out with friends to a fancy restaurant.


The shoes were first created in the 19th century as work clogs from scrap materials and objects, including recycled bicycle tires for the soles. They were popular with gondoliers because they did not damage their boats, and they eventually became a fashion staple in Venice as well. The shoes have a classic, flat style that looks very chic, and they are made of high-quality velvet.

Those who love to wear these shoes while out at a restaurant often find that they fit well and are comfortable. They can be worn with shorts or long dresses, and they can even be used as a stylish alternative to flip flops at a beach. They are very easy to care for, and you can easily wash them with water and a bit of soap.

There are many companies that make these shoes in Italy, and some of them still follow the old traditions. The most traditional version of Friulana shoe can be recognized by their stitching that is done by hand.

This stitching is called setpoint, and it is a technique that has been passed down from generation to generation in the Friuli region of Italy.

These beautiful shoes are a must-have for any woman who loves to travel. They can be worn while out on the town or at home, and they are a great gift for any occasion.

They are also available in a variety of colors, so you can choose the perfect ones to match your personal style.



If you’re an athleisure die-hard or a style maven looking for a chic and stylish flat to  replace your ballet flats, we have the perfect pair for you. Introducing the Friulane, the genderfluid velvet flats you can wear all year round. They’re more chic than espadrilles and more aristocratic than ballerinas, but they’ll keep your feet cool in the summer and warm in the winter. They’re versatile, timeless and so comfortable you’ll never want to take them off.

The ultimate footwear to wear with jeans, a dress, or just with your comfy loungewear at home they can be matched with a nice pair of PJs. 


A bit of history about the shoe: Known as papusse in Friuli Venezia Giulia, where they originated two centuries ago, these shoes came from a time when nothing could be thrown away and women’s hands and minds were always working to upcycle materials that were available. Using fabrics and waste materials such as old sheets, jute coffee sacks, or linen, peasant women made shoes for the whole family with a little imagination and a lot of ingenuity.

They then brought them to Venice, where they became popular among gondoliers who appreciated that their non-slip rubber soles molded to the shape of their foot and wouldn’t damage the precious painted wood of their beloved gondolas.


Since then, these colorful velvet scarpets have become a must-have item for everyone who loves the classic Italian fashion and lifestyle.

A must-have for any fashionista in Italy  they have not been easy to find in Usa until now. If you want to buy a pair of these amazing shoes, you can find them now on line at 

Our Friulane are the best flats of this season. With a thick bike rubber sole, they’re as comfortable as slippers but they look just as chic. They’re versatile and can be worn with anything from jeans to a dress, and they’re a must-

have for both men and women. They’re ideal for a day at the beach or as a final touch on your outfit to go out to dinner with friends, and they’re also a perfect gift for newborn babies.

About Mar Soreli: Some say that Venice holds the key to the romantic language of Italy, we say it must be the shoes the Gondoliers are wearing - Friulanas. With their non-slip bicycle tire rubber soles and a variety of primary colors being offered by the local artisans of Friuli, you can't go wrong in having comfortable stylish Italian shoes

indoors or outdoors. Feel the difference, and shop at Mar Soreli for your Friulanas to complement your wardrobe.

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