Leave it to the Parisians to infuse a flair for romance even into their shoes.
In our new, French-themed Pop-In @Nordstrom shop, curated by Director of Creative Projects Olivia Kim, we introduce you to two French brands with long-standing traditions of both exquisite craftsmanship and personal, heartfelt connections to their slip-on flats: Chatelles and Repetto.
Chatelles ‘Albert Custom’ Loafer’ | Chatelles ‘François Custom’ Loafer
There’s a love story behind these covetable slip-ons from Paris-based Chatelles. Designer François du Chastel fell in love with a woman and created a special pair of shoes for her with a verse by Victor Hugo embossed on the inner soles: “Je ne puis demeurer… loin de toi plus longtemps.” (“I cannot live far away… from you any longer.”)
The lady loved the shoes, but not François, and when she dumped him, she took the shoes with her. Luckily for us, the designer picked up the pieces of his broken heart and founded Chatelles.
Chatelles ‘Honoré Custom’ Loafer
The three styles that were custom-made for our French Fling shop are handmade in Portugal from the finest Italian leather and fitted with a durable latex sole. (We especially love this cobalt blue style with broken heart embroidery, in homage to the company’s origin story.)
Repetto ‘Cendrillon’ Patent Leather Ballet Flat | Repetto ‘Cendrillon’ Distressed Goatskin Ballet Flat
You have a movie star to thank for these sweet Repetto flats: At screen siren Brigitte Bardot’s request, the signature ‘Cendrillon’ ballerina flat was designed by founder Rose Repetto in 1956, using her famous “stitch and return” method to fashion a durable shoe with the flexibility of a ballet slipper.
Legions of Europeans have fallen hard for this iconic style; now, with options in both silver and electric blue, you can too.
Be sure to visit our Pop-In @Nordstrom shop for more great finds laden with French flair.