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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.


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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!

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Trip Report Overview

Part 1: Overview and Day 1 (La Vallée Village, Champagne region)
Part 2: Day 2, 3 (Reims, wedding, driving to Provence-Luberon)
Part 3: Day 4-6 (Provence region and Pont du Gard, Paris)
Part 4: Day 7-10 (Paris)


I typically wouldn’t choose to visit Europe in July (heat, peak season), but a good friend was getting married! So, we made a trip out of it. Based on airfare award availability, we flew in/out of Paris. The plan was to drive from CDG to Champagne (wedding), to Provence (lavender in season!), then train back to Paris for the last few days.
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I’ve been taking R&R in Taipei and didn’t bring a laptop with me. After a week of detoxing from a computer, I itched to write real emails and keyboard shortcut my way through my inbox.

  • I’ve been indulging in super affordable tui na and acupuncture and will be sad to give them up once I return home.
  • I’ve come to the conclusion that most food in Taipei is good – no matter where you go. I’m not as diligent in exploring Taipei food options because there are family obligations and because I’m content.
  • Yelp just launched in Taiwan. It’s too new to be of substantial value though. Foursquare was in use.
  • I’ve been thinking of purging (and I’ve been talking about it for years but time has always been a deterrent) and browsed through Marie Kondo’s much talked about book. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve gotten wiser about purchases so there is a lot less to buy in Hong Kong and Taipei. So far.
  • If you have any recommendations for items to buy from Taipei (or Narita airport), let me know! I always end up in Muji and Watson’s for hours. Even though I can read traditional Chinese, it is more tiring. Thus, it’s harder to find reviews on products.

I. Shopping

  • Get $10 off your first $50+ order at Peach and Lily!
  • I always stop at the original Sogo department store in Taipei and did a walkthrough of the first floor, which I usually do not do. They have a HUGE selection of Repetto ballet flats — I think it rivaled the flagship in Paris and definitely beat any US retail outlet. Retail pricing is hefty but there were a bunch of styles that were 40% off.
    • I tried on the new pointed ‘Brigitte’ style (currently 25% off through link). It runs TTS and I never realized before the bow could be tightened. If feels different than the Cendrillon ballet flat due to the lack of curve. It’s currently online at:
    • I also saw a black rubber version of the popular Cendrillon style — perfect for drizzly weather — but I can’t seem to find it online.
    • A Repetto store is rumored to be opening in Soho, NYC this year…
  • Petit Bateau private sale up to 70% off. 3 days left. Sizes are limited.
  • Two thumbs up to the Better Business Bureau! I’d purchased something from a popular home decor e-tailer. I got tired after waiting an year for a backorder and they didn’t respond to my emails. It was too far back for me to contest with my credit card. I filed a case on BBB, who then forwarded it to the local BBB. The e-tailer took immediate action. The e-tailer has similar bad reviews on BBB, so buyer beware.

II. Other

I am not categorizing for the sake of time. I will say that I really wish more RSS feeds didn’t force me to click to their site to read because now I have an exorbitant amount of saved items. I spent a good deal of time bookmarking instead of reading on my flight here. Or is there a way to easily bookmark into folders, on the iPhone, while offline?

III. Watching

  • I detest inefficient browsing. Enter Netflix God Mode. I usually add to my queue on the desktop. (PSFK)
  • How long it takes to binge watch a show. (via Apartment Therapy)
  • I’ve also been on a TV detox, but can’t wait to dig into:
    • Mad Men, last season (AMC)
    • Orphan Black, starting April 18 (BBC US)
    • Grimm, returns (NBC)
    • Call the Midwife, Mr. Selfridge, Wolf Hall (PBS)

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!

Image source: Brooks Brothers

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.

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Image source: Gimme Shoes