It started as a love story. A handsome man falls in love with a girl. He gives her a piece of his heart, and, along with that, a pair of beautiful shoes. But not all love stories have a happy ending; she took the shoes and left the man.
Well, I’ve met the man. She made the wrong choice.
After his love story ended, François du Chastel left a high-pressure investment-banking job in London, and returned to his native Paris, where he founded Chatelles in 2012. François, to the relief of aching feet everywhere, believes that a woman can be just as seductive and as beautiful in a flat shoe as she is in a high-heel.
François recruited Central Saint Martins graduate Tiphaine de Bodman - formerly of Hermès, Kenzo, Alexander McQueen, and Paul Smith shoes - to design the perfect slipper, a go-to, effortless shoe that can be worn with everything.
Handmade in Portugal with the finest Italian leather, Chatelles slippers are simply elegant. They have clean lines and subtle curves that make the foot look delicate and feminine. They are, quite literally, poetry on your feet. In the newest collection you can choose interchangeable, velco-attached motifs for the toe of the shoe.
Chatelles come in a myriad of colors and textures, with each design bearing a name. Whether you choose summer’s new red-striped ‘Malo’ or the feathered ‘Phoenix’ mules you will look impossibly chic. Add a colored tassel to any basic slipper and, voila! You have a shoe that nobody else has. You’ll also feel fantastic - François worked with a podiatrist on the (now patented) insoles to design a shoe that benefits proper alignment. But, more importantly, you won’t have sore feet after a day spent running around the cobblestone streets of Paris!
If you are in Paris, visit the Chatelles boutique and mention Paris Cherie for a 20% discount until June 1st. If you’re not in town, visit their website – where you can still customize your shoes online!
I’ve fallen in love with my Chatelles. Try a pair for yourself and you may just find your own ‘François’ to love.
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Pictures: Brandie Raasch with Chatelles