I always get excited when I walk past French Soles’ three NYC stores on Lexington between 71st and 72nd–there are so many exciting and colorful styles to look out, and a day does not go by living on the Upper East Side when I do not see a stylish lady carrying a French Soles shopping bag.
My deep love of these brand comes from the fact that every style is designed by their in-house staff that marches to the beat of their own drummer. They start new style trends instead of following them. French Soles features the softest Italian leathers and some of the most unique toe and heel shapes in the business–all while staying true to their conviction that style should come first. French Soles shoes are all extremely well made, and you can get your favorite styles in a diversity of colors. You can get a little heel if you want it. The Royal is my French Soles all-time favorite, with its square-oval toe and bone detailing on both the uppers and the heels! You can buy this every year in new colorways! I recently wore mine to my mother’s 80th birthday family dinner at The Leopard At Des Artistes on the UWS and I got a lot of compliments by passersby as I waited for my family to arrive on the front bench. You can see the Royal in several colorways on the top of the multi-shoe photo posted in my photo gallery.
They are also one of the few shoe brands that have a multitude of flat formal shoes, which is something that is definitely hard to come by! When you visit their quaint stores, you get that rare old-school one on one service in an intimate brownstone environment. French Soles are truly a great bargain as you will get years of wear out of a pair (they generally range from $150-200 in price). If you have not yet, check out this great treasure of the Upper East Side at http://www.frenchsoleshoes.com. You can also find them in department stores like Macy’s and Nordstrom’s but I like the atmosphere of their own stores, all in great, homey UES brownstones.