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Christian Louboutin Men’s Store, 19 Rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau – Paris

 

Written by Joe “00o00h i want one of those” 

last weekend when i was in paris, i made a trip to rue jean-jacques rousseau, home to the first christian louboutin men’s store. the store is situated in a gorgeous covered passage, which reminded me of the burlington arcade in london but less touristy and crowded. 

the question you are probably going to ask, is if i saw that pair of christian louboutin x marlon gobel gold spiked shoes. yes i did!

isn’t that amazing! these are shoes fit for a king! i believe the official name is potpourri dandy, only 30 odd pairs were made, and that’s the second last pair in store. since i am not quite willing to lose a kidney just yet, i did the next best thing…

nevermind i wore the wrong trousers and the wrong socks, the shoes were truly magical. these were first featured early last year as part of marlon gobel’s fall winter 2011 collection. quite simply the most amazing runway shoes i’ve seen, and i really want to know who are the lucky collectors.

the store’s quite eclectic in it’s furnishings and decor. an ex-star trek prop sits in one corner, and there’s also a “tattoo parlour” within the store. customers can select certain shoes and customise them the way they like. let’s take a look inside the parlour…

i could literally just move in here already. the most delicious rollerflats in studs studs and more studs! loving the textured walls, as well as the matching studded/spiked display case.

one of my favourite shoes is the mikaraja, named after the singer mika and the maharajah-ness of the shoes. i’ve seen it in black patent leather, which frankly i wasn’t too keen on. however this version in blue canvas is simply stunning. the decorations were all hand sewn by lesage embroiderers in india, known to be the best in the world, from the same skilled artisans who work for chanel, hermes etc.

 

the store is truly magical, and currently the only shop in the world to carry such a comprehensive line of men’s shoes. it’s just amazing, i wish for a similar store to open in london soon. the second men’s store will soon open in new york’s meatpacking district.

and oh, the icing on the cake will definitely be bumping into the designer himself outside the store. it was a great day! so, seen any shoes you like so far? 

Thank you very much, Joe “00o00h i want one of those” ( OOoOO.blogspot.com )  for is a source of Inspiration!

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