Growing up in Brockton, Massachusetts (once the shoe capital of America),  both of my parents’ families were shoe business I was delighted to meet an amazing BA50 entrepreneur a few years ago who launched a women’s (and men’s) shoe business.

M.Gemi is named after founding member, Maria Gangemi, Maria is a longtime devotee of Italian craftsmanship and artistry and is passionate about honoring the art of making quality shoes by hand. Her shoes are “Made in Italy,” by local craftsman.

Maria told Forbes Magazine, “In creating M.Gemi, we were able to preserve the tradition of making shoes the old way, by hand, and combine that with delivering those shoes the new way – online, in weekly limited edition drops.” Read more of this great interview about the company in Forbes.

Growing up in Sicily, Maria developed strong relationships and learned the luxury footwear trade from the best in the business.

BA50 is thrilled to chose M.Gemi as one of our favorite brands for our readers.

Every Monday, M. Gemi offers new shoes, and they do sell out so you will want to jump in right away when you see a pair you love.  They opened their first retail store in Boston’s Copley place this year.



M. Gemi’s beloved Pastoso Moccasin is available in a variety of shades and is made of a super lightweight, molds-to-your-foot, butter-soft leather.

These signature Felize driving moccasins are loved for their mold-to-your-feet comfort and effortless style—in limited edition shades of Santa Croce suede. Each pair is expertly sewn by hand in Tuscany.


The Contornino Flats are both classic and unique. The seamless construction makes them incredibly sleek and subtle metallic accents add a modern twist to a traditional flat silhouette.

M. Gemi’s signature point-toe Stellato flat is beloved for its hand-stitching and mold-to-your-foot fit. It’s that perfect blend of comfort and polish that make it a favorite for the office and for after-hours.


The Lustro Heels prove that you don’t have to sacrifice fashion for stability. These are available in a variety of shades while the pump’s block heel makes them comfortably walkable.

With its block heel, buckle detail, open silhouette, and flirty fringe, this Sottana shoe hits that rare mark: marrying comfort and chic sex-appeal.


These elevated, block-heeled Terrazza Boots feature subtle suede details that make them understatedly chic.


Who says a sneaker can’t be sophisticated? The Palestra Sneaker is available in a variety of brilliant finishes in a rich, artisan-treated leather.


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