You can go to Maison Clarté in Paris and, like Nan Goldin, buy some of the ornamental pieces in the gorgeous window displays and some of the furniture, or you can go there to buy Repetto shoes. Or both really—the stuffed birds, the chairs, the chandelier by Astier de Villatte and the beautiful antiques are all for sale. Maison Clarté is an exclusive seller of Repetto shoes, classic models as well as collectibles such as the zizi in jean, the MJ with rhinestones or the BB with zippers. The boutique is precious, stumbling upon it made me feel good for the rest of day.
8 Rue Charlot
Metro: Saint-Sébastien - Froissart, Filles du Calvaire
Closed on Sunday and Monday
*UPDATE: VALERIE SALACROUX’S SHOP HAS MOVED TO THE 3RD ARRONDISSEMENT.
“Valérie Salacroux first worked in Milan with MiuMiu and Prada, then with Balenciaga, before creating under her own name. Inspired by her life on the Basque Coast, her collection of sandals reinterpretes the great French classics: flat leather saddler sandals, cork and wooden platform sandals and fashion wooden clogs. All is made in France, by small teams of craftsmen. The quality is in the detail: traditionnal saddler stitching, carefully chosen skins (genuine cobra, python, lizard, crocodile, goat and calfskin on real cork…) Valerie Salacroux’s style is very feminine, very refined and so terribly “frenchy”… a wonderfull blend of creativity and craftsmanship. For Valérie Salacroux, each model is designed with a special mission: to shape your feet and ankles beautifully.” Her products can be purchased in her workshop/boutique in the 3rd arrondissement or online.
6 Rue du Parc Royal (the entrance is under the porch)
Metro: Chemin Vert
Closed on Monday and Tuesday
The shoe shop Zoum in Paris’ 11th arrondissement offers a great and cool selection of brand new sneakers for unbelievably low prices. The brands for sale are Adidas, Asics, Le Coq Sportif, Nike, Puma and Vans. Shoes sell for as low as 25€ (kid sizes), and highest prices are 50€ (adult sizes). You’ll find a wide variety of models such as the Adidas shell-toe, Gazelle or sl 72, Asics Onitsuka Tiger Trainers, Saiko Runner or Ultimate 81 and Van’s classic slip-ons. New stocks arrive every two weeks for a constant wide selection of sneakers in many different colors, models and sizes.
155 Rue du Faubourg Saint Antoine
M-Sun: 10.45am-7pm (Closes at 6.30pm on Friday)