The trademark red patent-leather soles of Christian Louboutin’s shoes have become synonymous with both style and glamour. Founded in 1991, the Paris-based label is loved by the red-carpet contingent and fashion editors alike. The iconic Parisian brand has three stores across the city, each one a work of art with alcoves to display the shoes, plush red carpets and striking chandeliers.
Christian Louboutin, 19 rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau, 75001 Paris, +33 (0)1 4236 5366
Ballet flats have become synonymous with Parisian style, and where better to pick up a pair than from the celebrated French brand Repetto. Inspired by the demi-pointe dancing shoe, the timeless flats were created in 1947 by Rose Repetto and have since been worn by everyone from Audrey Hepburn to Kate Moss. The expansive boutique pays homage to the humble beginnings of the dance shoe with floor-to-ceiling drawers packed with satin ballet slippers and mannequins dressed in traditional tutus.
Repetto, 22 rue de la Paix, 75002 Paris, +33 (0)1 4471 8312
Robert Clergerie is famous for breaking the boundaries of traditional shapes and heels, his unique interpretation of fashion earning him a prestigious following along with awards from the Fashion Footwear Association of New York. Roland Mouret was appointed creative director in 2011, and has since continued to infuse modernity and sensuality into all Robert Clergerie footwear.
Robert Clergerie, 5 rue du Cherche-Midi, 75006 Paris, +33 (0)1 4548 7547
The Roger Vivier label was launched in 1937, and less than 20 years later was credited with pioneering the stiletto heel. Roger Vivier’s designs are famously bold, and each is a work of art in itself. Embroidered, embellished and dappled in everything from gemstones to lace and feathers, his innovative pieces have been worn by everyone from Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II to Elizabeth Taylor. Be sure to visit the boutique on Faubourg Saint-Honoré to pick up a pair of Belle Vivier shoes adorned with a trademark metal buckle, which make a great souvenir of Paris.
Roger Vivier, 29 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008 Paris, +33 (0)1 5343 0085
Having previously designed shoes at Dior and Hermès, Pierre Hardy set up his eponymous company in 1999. His technical and futuristic approach to shoe design has defied convention and makes him stand out from the crowd. Discover his distinctive sculptural shoes at the Palais Royal boutique. Situated in the elegant Galerie de Valois arcade, the store has a strikingly modern aesthetic and architectural concept.
Pierre Hardy, 156 galerie de Valois, 75001 Paris, +33 (0)1 4260 5975