How do you take your shoes: with a side of whimsy or with a hefty dose of opulence? Regardless of the answer, there are two new shoe-focused boutiques that have recently landed in New York, right in time to stock up on kicks for the spring and summer season. The only thing missing is a fresh pedicure.
Fashion’s favorite online retailer is going for a brick and mortar experience, in the form of an interactive Shoe Park in the heart of Soho. Open from May 13 to 22, shoes from the brand’s Elevate Summer collection will be featured in a playground-esque space designed by architect Robert Storey. Shoppers can peruse slip on sandals and strappy flatforms, along with a selection of the brand’s current range of totes and overnight bags. Just dress accordingly, because you will be asked to leave your shoes at the door before entering the play space.
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For a slightly fancier experience, head uptown to Madison Avenue and 75th Street, where Aquazurra has opened their first U.S. flagship boutique. The Ryan Korban designed space features pink marble, shiny gold fixtures and bold black and white stripes, inspired by the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella in Florence, where the Aquazzura HQ is based. As for shoes, there will be a variety of the brand’s staple Sexy Thing and Wild Thing sandals, plus the signature Christy flats. Merchandise will also include exclusive colorways and materials, plus a selection of made-to-order styles. If you’re looking for a dose of culture after your extensive shoe shop, you’re in luck: the Met Breuer is located just next door.
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