Shoe fiends rejoice: This holiday season sees the arrival of two new shoe boutiques: French Sole New Orleans celebrates its grand opening this month, and CeCe Shoe has a soft opening in mid-December.
French Sole New Orleans (The Shops at Canal Place, 333 Canal St., Suite 119, 267-9000; www.theshopsatcanalplace.com) specializes in European ballet slippers. "(They're) classic, everyday and elegant," store manager Melanie Perret says of the flats, which have been spotted on celebrities such as Joan Collins, Barbara Walters and Cindy Crawford. "They're the perfect transition piece from day to night."
The shoes range in price from $100 to $425 and accommodate feet of varying widths. "A lot of our flats come with a string that allows them to be as narrow or as wide as you'd like them to be," Perret says. French Sole also sells trendy heels and accessories by designers Dana Davis and CC Skye. A grand opening party at the shop from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13 features complimentary Champagne, wine and hors d'oeuvres from Morton's The Steakhouse
CeCe Shoe features an array of styles and designer labels including Alexandre Birman, Coye Nokes, Gianni Milanesi, Michael Kors and Valentino. The shoe boutique is inside Mimi (5500 Magazine St., 269-6464; www.miminola.com), a 5,000-square-foot boutique specializing in high-end women's fashions and accessories. CeCe Colhoun, daughter of owner Mimi Bowen continues her mother's legacy with the addition of the shoe boutique. — Lee Cutrone and Alex Pence