Walking around Europe is no easy task and didn’t pack any flats! I suffered two days in my Fendi pumps and when we arrived at the Outlet La Vallée Village, Repetto flats was fresh water in a desert! La Vallée is about an hour away from Paris by car and full of luxury brands such as Carven, Celine, Dolce & Gabbanna, and Givenchy. I ran into Repetto grabbing the first pair of flats in my size and tried it on. Warning – their sizes run small BUT if you get 1/2 size or 1 size larger, their little ribbons in the front can tighten the shoes! My feet were in heaven and the deal at the outlet was amazing.
Repetto is like the younger lesser known brother of Chanel and Ferragamo ballerina flats. Most people, like me, dismiss them because their designs are plain and price point is relatively lower, around USD200-300. Once you try them, you’ll realize they’re more than price friendly, they’re feet friendly! I walked around all day in the Cendrillon (flats) and two full days (touring Bellagio and Florence) in the Camille Ballerina with a 3cm heel. The leather became softer as I broke them in and I didn’t get a single blister or a cut up ankle like I would in my Chanel flats. I loved the Camille because they were just as comfortable as the Cendrillon and it gave me an extra 3cm and longer looking legs (I’m only 154cm so I really need the height).
Camille Ballerina with a 3cm heel
The brand is extremely underrated for its history, details and craftsmanship. It was founded in 1947 by Rose Repetto to make ballet shoes near Opera in Paris. Over the years, the brand has done partnership designs with big name fashion houses such as Issey Miyake and Karl Lagerfeld. Repetto launched it ready-to-wear line in 2013 featuring simple and elegant clothing inspired by the ballet.
I even snatched myself a ballerina style black wrap dress at the store!