Tuesday, 22 January 2013 15:54 | By Daryl Alexius Yeo

Plenty of Poise

French ballet shoemaker Repetto opens Soft Corner, its first retail space in Singapore.

The sole of a Repetto shoe

The sole of a Repetto shoe.

There’s no arguing that ballet flats are a girl’s best friend. Repetto ballet flats, on the other hand, are a must-have in every colour. 

For the uninitiated, Repetto’s ballet flats gained cult status when French screen siren Brigitte Bardot requested for a pair to be made by Madame Rose Repetto for her 1956 classic film And God Created Woman. Bardot’s Cendrillon ballerina pumps in carmine red walked into fashion history.

The success of Repetto’s famous ballet flats lies in a unique technique called le cousu retourné or French for “stitch and return”. The sole is first sewn inside out and then turned back in to create a seamless finish (between the sole and leather upper). This meticulous method provides the ballet flats the ease of a second-skin comfort, pretty much like a pair of worn-in jeans.


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