Shop Talk: Converse Down Under… New Orleans’ French Sole

Converse Opens Aussie Shop
Converse, through its Australian licensee, Conquest Sports, opened its first specialty shop Down Under last week in Melbourne, Australia. The debut follows a year after the brand’s first standalone shop bowed in Boston. The newest store is said to offer the most diverse assortment of Converse-branded product in the country. “The Converse brand was first in sports and first in rock ‘n roll, so we’re very excited to bring our fans its first Australian Converse specialty retail store,” said Ian Stewart, Converse’s director of marketing for Asia Pacific and China, in a statement. “More than just a shopping destination, we are creating a different kind of environment that will allow visitors to immerse themselves in a unique Converse experience that continues to inspire originality in the Melbourne community and beyond.”

French Sole Hits New Orleans
New Orleans is getting an updated French look. The comfort retailer French Sole, with two locations in New York, last week bowed a new store in the Big Easy inside The Shops at Canal Place. The store showcases a wide assortment of styles including ballet flats in a variety of patterns, colors and textures, as well as looks from designer Dana Davis. “We offer a variety of trendy and classic footwear and accessories to help women ultimately express themselves in a stylish but comfortable way,” said Melanie Perret, owner of French Sole New Orleans, in a statement.

Dr. Footsie’s Shoes Debuts
Las Vegas-based podiatrist Dr. Lee Wittenberg has found a new way to offer his patients foot comfort. This month, he debuted Dr. Footsie’s Shoes, a men’s and women’s comfort store located adjacent to his practice at 5165 S. Ft. Apache Rd. The 1,000-sq.-ft. location carries brands including Dansko, Helle Comfort and Alegria. According to Wittenberg, he plans to tap into his current patient roster, many of whom work in the hospitality industry and are on their feet all day. In addition, the store is located near an adult community whose residents often wear comfort shoes. Wittenberg will continue to run his practice, with Robert Hughes serving as the store’s manager.

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