Mad. About Shopping
by Christina Parrella, 09/11/2013
Christian Louboutin. Photo: Ty Cole
965 Madison Ave., 212-396-1884
625 Madison Ave., 212-750-2555
Bette Midler (or, depending on your source, Marilyn Monroe) is credited with saying, "Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world," If that's true, Madison Avenue is the perfect place to start a quest for world domination. Although the Christian Louboutin boutique is intimate and unassuming from the outside, inside it's stacked with red-soled shoes that range from magnificently over-the-top to understated chic. The shop offers obsessed Louboutinistas a choice from the brand's seasonal collections (which are usually jeweled, feathered and/or neon colored), as well as classic styles. At Stuart Weitzman, a similar combination of superior shoemaking and embellished elegance lures in customers. When it first opened in 1995, the Madison Avenue flagship displayed a commissioned collection of fantastical (and impractical) shoes that drew hundreds of visitors to its storefront. One-of-a-kind, extravagant creations like Weitzman's million-dollar shoe may make noise in the press, but it's the designer's more affordable high-end shoes, crafted from a variety of materials, that keep customers returning.