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A step above the rest

Friday, July 20, 2012

If your idea of indulgence includes skyscraper heels and high-end peep toes like Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and The City, La Scarpa should be at the top of your shopping list, says Rhea Dhanbhoora

It’s no secret that women love shoes, but now there’s a space where men can go gaga over them as well! With multi-designer labels housed under one roof, La Scarpa has a lot to offer.

The first thing you will notice when you enter is that it’s friendlier than other shoe shops. La Scarpa is well spaced out, not in the least bit crowded and there’s ample space to walk around and browse through. The sections are cordoned off beautifully, separated only by a pillar in the center, encased by glass and etched with the names of the luxury brands that the store houses.

Another clever feature is the seating sections on each side of the floor. The right sees a plush black and white chair, while on the left you’ll find brown upholstery which has a more gentlemanly look and feel. The store launched last month and houses an impressive portfolio of brands including Artioli, Dsquared, Cesare Paciotti, Calvin Klein, Fabi, Rodolfo Zengarini, Roberto Botticelli, Alessandro Dell Aqua, Aldo Brue and Barracuda for men and Casadei, Dsquared, Donna Karen, Givenchy, Chloe, Pollini n Pollini Studio, Vicini, Marc Jacobs, Cesare Paciotti, Calvin Klein, Fabi, Byblos, Mare and Gianni Barbato for women. These are brands that are not easily found in the city.

The classy shoes are complete with the latest styles and colours and many of the women’s shoes are paired with matching bags. The shoes are displayed in pairs instead of singles as in most shoe stores, making it easier for you to see the entire picture.

I loved the Dsquared men’s collection as well as the suave options from Artioli. The red loafers from Fabi caught my eye, as did the white and black sneakers from Alessandro Dell Aqua. They also have shoe care kits on offer.

However, the women’s shoes take the cake and we were drooling over almost all the shoes on display. The Casadei collection was our absolute favourite with its eye-catching colours. They have styles that include blade wedges, stilettos and peep-toes. The nude Marc Jacobs shoes were a favourite too.

Prices at the store start at a whopping `15,000, so it’s obvious this isn’t a store for the weak-walleted. But, if you’ve got the means, we suggest you go ahead and indulge in a little shoe heaven.

Where F(10) A, Lobby Level, Shopping Plaza, Grand Hyatt Hotel, Kalina, Santacruz (E)
Contact 33458366-67

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