It's that time of the year where we bid our adieus to bare feet on sand and reluctantly say hello to boots stomping on puddles. Nothing — not even torrential thunderstorms — can dampen one's spirits more than pulling on clunky rubber boots over a great-looking pair of (non-water resistant) footwear. But every cloud has a silver lining, because designers have caught up on our rainy day woes. There are a plethora of stylish choices for rain boots in the market today, if you know where to look. So before you lug out those wellies from the recesses of your closet, check out these made-for-rain footwear that will have you doing your own Singin' in the Rain ditty in no time. Women rely on shoes to complement each outfit, so it's with a collective sigh of relief from girl rockers all over that Steve Madden has come up with these Downpour rain booties, sporting a low heel, buckle details and gold studs. If… Read more
NEW SHOP PARIS
Tombées du Camion
Fittingly located in neighborhoods like the gritty Marché aux Puces de Saint Ouen and vibrant Montmartre, Tombées du Camion (literally translating to "fallen off a truck") gives justice to the saying, “One man's trash is another man's treasure.” Since 2006, owner Charles Mas has been hunting down unwanted items in bulk from factories all over France, comprising the inventory at his one-of-a-kind boutique. Wooden crates are filled with broken doll's heads, rusty pharmaceutical pill boxes, skeleton keys, empty spools, coffin handles, and even packets of 1930s toilet paper. The walls feature visually striking displays of dolls, beads and buttons, and several carousel cars can even be spotted on the boutique's mezzanine. Price are as varied as the merchandise itself - you can score three plastic rings for a euro, while retro toothpaste posters could fetch around twenty. Most clients spend time looking through the steel typographic letter plates, forming names of their loved ones that make for a unique present. Skirting between clutter and found art, these seemingly useless trinkets pull at the strings of nostalgia and poetry, awakening the inner hoarder in all of us.