Thursday, 26 January 2012

Christian Louboutin Men's Store, 19 Rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau


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.


putting the gold spiked shoes back into the box, i had a little wander. the store is tastefully decorated and full of interesting little details. i have no idea what that little stool is for, but i guess it's used for shoe polishing?


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.


really lovely, definitely one of my favourite pair of louboutin shoes ever.


what i really really love, and scoured the whole of london and now paris but to no avail: the cream colored pik boat sneakers. i love the simplicity of the shoes, but finished with an almost discreet parameter of spikes. this is super high on my wishist, if you find one in size 43, hit me up!


close up of the pik boat sneakers.


failing on the gold spiked potpourri, the gorgeous lesage mikaraja and the cream pik boat, i settled for three other pairs of spiked sneakers. would you believe, none of them are in my size? who in the louboutin world is hoarding size 43 sneakers, reveal yourself now.



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?

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24 comments:

  1. uhhhmazing!! i'm going next week hehe. ive been looking for the cream pik boats as well! what sizes did they have in store? :-)

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  2. Since I'm a complete shoe-oholic, I've always been glad I was born as a woman = funner shoes! But the moment I saw the Potpourri Dandy was the first time in my life I almost wished I was a man! Almost...I can imagine how hard it must have been putting them back in their box after trying them on. Hope you're ok... ;) xo

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    1. very difficult putting it down, i wished i could take it home!

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  3. Hi,

    What's the retail on the gold spiked shoes? Did you try on a 43?!

    Do you happen to know if they are willing to ship to London?

    Thanks!

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    1. the retail price is about €4,000. only available in paris i think...

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  4. Absolutely delicious and Marlon is genius...but Im sure you are aware of this. Toodles.

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  5. I really don't like any christian louboutin men's shoes-I find them garish and overdesigned...some backhanded way of justifying the price tag. I guess it's just my aesthetic that I prefer timeless, understated qualities, especially with footwear. Anyone I see in these shoes I think 'the shoes are wearing them' and to me it often seems like a garish way of declaring wealth. No offence, but I don't want that.

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    1. to each their own. i love my classic mr. hare shoes as much as these. variety i love.

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    2. True, true. Maybe all will change if I ever try a pair on ;-)

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  6. Loving those pics so much! and great post as well! literally love ur blog ;)

    http://thewild-swans.blogspot.com

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  7. I believe you are incorrect about one detail: the gold spiked shoes are Christian Louboutin's and his alone -- Marlon Gobel just used them with his runway show.

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    1. true. however these were not meant for retail, made solely for marlon's show. so in a way it's an exclusive made just for him. funny story how these went into production but i'll leave it for another day...

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  8. These shoes look like they were designed for narrow feet. Care to comment?

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    1. i wouldn't say so. i have pretty broad feet, they fit me fine...

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  9. A+ post.

    Can you post a TinyPic or Photobucket link of the enlarged pics?

    I want to drool at the Rollerflats on my big iMac screen.

    -L.A.Boy

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    1. if you right click and select "view image", it enlarges it. not too much bigger, but hope that satisfies the craving!

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  10. I love the red pik pik vans-style!!

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  11. Just got myself a pair of the multi coloured Louis spikes and I'm loving it!! Did you happen to see any Louis python in mandrian red?

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  12. you can find your size 43 of Pik Boat in Hong Kong.

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  13. A couple of weeks ago, I got the last pair of those gold loafers in the world. I like your blog and I think you might like mine as well. My blog is private though so if you would like to check it out I have to invite you trough your Gmail account. Email me at: axlvasquez@gmail.com if you're interested.

    Saludos :)

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what's he wearing?