Sole Sister: Ruminations on the Galleries Lafayette Shoe Dept.

Shoe God Christian Louboutin once said, “A woman can carry a bag, but it is the shoe that carries the woman.” Though my closet contains none of his trademark red-soled shoes yet, the sonorous words of wisdom still ring true from the depths of my shoe racks.

And so it was with all the joy of Christmas morning that I descended the spiral staircase of the Galleries Lafayette main floor into the legendary shoe department. And seeing the faces of the designers I’ve only written about was like greeting old friends… in their footwear form, of course.

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Valentino with its formidable studded black stiletto heels, Chanel’s over-the-knee leather boots, and even a row of bubblegum pink Vivienne Westwood peep-toe pumps (which were strawberry scented, I noted). I looked upon rows and rows of endless candy-colored ballets flats, splayed around glass tables in perfect R.O.Y. G. B.I.V. color formation. I saw boots of every height and material from bedazzled cowgirl to metallic leather – and floral wedges that fastened with Velcro at the heels. I even found a pair of red patent leather heel-less high heels, worthy of Lady Gaga, the way they fearlessly defied the very laws of physics.

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And all the while a sea of Parisian natives and tourists called for this size or that style, as employees dressed chicly in head-to-toe black weaved in and out of the aisles. It felt like a beautiful harmony of footwear Heaven, buzzing from the sensible flats all the way up to the deathtrap stilettos.

And the best part? No arched eyebrows at my shameless tourist self, sneakily snapping iPhone pics of the best shoes on the floor. Au contraire, I received almost knowing smiles from those guardians of the shoe racks, as if to say, “Hey you star-crossed footwear fanatic, we all share the same dream here in the shoe department.”

And instead of being overwhelmed by the hundreds and hundreds of shoes, I dove right in, landing a pair of menswear-inspired sneaks and some cobalt blue suede stilettos of my own. I know, I know, these shoes couldn’t be further apart on the footwear family tree. But I couldn’t resist either of them! C’est la vie.

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And how was your Shoesday Tuesday?

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