Repetto pilgrimage

I’ve been fantasizing about finding the perfect pair of Repetto ballerines since they first showed up on my radar a few years ago.

Rose Repetto began making ballet shoes in 1947 when her son needed a pair. In 1956, Brigitte Bardot commissioned red ballet

slippers for the movie And God Created Women. The store was opened in the late 1950s.

Fast forward to today- the French government regulates when stores may hold sales, and it’s only twice a year. As luck would have it (or not, depending on who you ask), I’m here in Paris during the July sales. A trip to Repetto had my imagination stirring – red ballerines or navy blue?

After getting by the very welcoming guard, I picked up a pair of black leather shoes. The leather was incredibly soft and the shoes were ethereally lightweight. But lightweight shoes means pretty but not good for walking more than a few blocks in these challenging feet. Sigh. It was truly not meant to be, which was confirmed when I saw the price tag.

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