I’ve resolved to be nicer to my feet. I lucked out and found these Ferragamo Varina flats that I’ve been eyeing in an exquisite lace-like laser cut in a nude “macadamia” shade for a great sale price! (In case you haven’t noticed, it’s that time of the year again.)
I found myself in West Soho one evening, not quite sure where to visit since I rarely go downtown. Then, I remembered the new Repetto store! It’s next door to the Soho Laduree and similar to the Laduree, it’s as if they imported the store from Paris. The store design, layout, selection, and sales lady — all just like the Paris stores! There are so many styles, colors, and lines that are new to the US! There’s also an atelier in the back for custom shoes.
They also carry 4 type of shoe care products at the register (pricey at $20/bottle). After a quick chat with the sales lady, I need to bring in my patent shoes some time to diagnose if the black marks are fixable.
All in all, a must-see for any Repetto fan.
Published: January 15, 2016
Here’s a full directory of where you can find Repetto on the internet. It’s been a while since I did a post on Repetto. Overall, less places carry Repetto and sales aren’t as tantalizing as they used to be. Repettos are still one of my favorite ballet flat brands — it wraps my foot the best, but I will be comparing to Porselli shortly.
Repetto recently opened a boutique in the US (Soho, NYC) and has a L’Atelier for customized shoes. I haven’t stopped in yet. You can also shop from the Repetto US website, however, all items ship from France via express mail and are priced at US retail, and they are not partaking in the soldes that their French counterpart is. In addition, you also have to pay international duty which appears to be collected at point of sale by Repetto. At least you can return via mail to its NYC office… I can only see myself purchasing straight from Repetto if I’m desperate for a style that the other stores don’t carry and this is highly unlikely!
I got my very first pair of Repetto BB ballet flats almost five years ago. The now defunct Fred Segal Trend online store had 50% off their entire stock, so I got three pairs. I ended up selling two pairs on eBay since they were final sale and it was my first foray into the brand (they were really hard to find online back in the day). The two sales more than covered the $130 I’d spent on the pair that I kept. I love these Flora flats in dust (lavender/grey) — they are buttery soft and have a cap toe. I did misplace them at some point but unearthed them during my last move and a trip to the cobbler had them looking like new. They aren’t as high maintenance as I expected light-colored suede to be. I check the weather every morning and even commute through icky Times Square.
I strongly believe one shouldn’t waste time and money on uncomfortable shoes. I much rather spend more on a quality purchase that gets worn often than on a cheap purchase that barely gets worn. I consider these to be a smart purchase, but am definitely still learning from many not so smart purchases!
Gimme Shoes is doing an additional 10% off sale. They carry many boutique shoe lines including Repetto, Chie Mihara, Loeffler Randall, etc. I’m not sure when it expires. GS has physical locations on the SF Bay Area.
Most of their Repetto selection is already 50% off. They always have a decent selection of colors. Sizing: Typically, it’s recommended to size up one full size. E.g. US 8 = FR 39 in Repetto.
Image source: Gimme Shoes