Some women can walk in heels as if they were sneakers. Others switch into flats after a couple of chic but excruciating hours. Whatever your preference (and pain threshold), you deserve comfortable, affordable luxury shoes. Stephen Chi's shoe line, Stella Luna, offers just that, with designs ranging from classic to rock 'n' roll. There are four boutiques in Paris, so slip on your most comfortable shoes and visit the nearest one.
What kind of unimaginative person limits spring shopping to clothes and shoes? Clearly one who doesn't know that a single accessory can make a whole look. For handbags, we're particularly fond of L'Atelier Caesars. The label recently launched its own line of purses and accessories, and Paris' fashionistas are on board. The quality feels luxe, but the prices are affordable — our favorite combination.
Speaking of accessories: At Pascale Monvoisin, elegant jewelry is given a bohemian twist. Featuring the likes of moonstone, turquoise and bone, the sophisticated multicultural pieces reflect a globe-trotting ethos. Even the most minimalist ring of labradorite and polki diamond will instantly elevate your outfit.
Where: Multiple locations
More info: +33 01 43 72 91 33; pascalemonvoisin.com
The rise of non-prescription glasses has proven that a great pair of frames is a legitimate fashion accessory. To refresh your eyewear, head to Atelier Valentin, where you can shop a wide selection of trendy designer glasses. Located in the heart of Saint-Germain, the store specializes in vintage and custom-made glasses and has some of the most distinct styles in town. Don't even get us started on the gorgeous sunglasses.
Where: 30 rue Bonaparte, 75006 Paris
When: Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
More info: +33 01 44 07 04 28; ateliervalentin-paris.com
Le Marché Noir
The newest vintage paradise in Paris is Le Marché Noir, a sunny, plant-filled space on rue Perrée. Togo-born proprietor Amah Ayivi stocks a sizable collection of vintage clothes, with the vast majority coming from small producers in Africa. You'll find everything from scarves and colorful dresses to Ralph Lauren coats he's picked up on his travels. Le Marché Noir also has a repair service and a tearoom serving teas and mocktails for a little post-shopping refreshment.
Where: 18 rue Perrée, 75003 Paris
When: Daily, 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
More info: marchenoir.co
Now that you have your clothes, shoes and accessories set, pull up a mirror and focus on your face. Spoil yourself with a beauty cream from Ruhaku, an Okinawan organic skin care brand. The products rely on the antioxidant-rich ingredient known as shell ginger (gettou). If you don't quite understand the buzz, just remember that Okinawa is one of the so-called Blue Zones — the average life expectancy there is 82 years.
When: Mon., Tues., Weds. & Sat., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Thurs. & Fri., 10 a.m.-8:45 p.m.
More info: +33 01 44 39 80 00 (Bon Marché); ruhaku.eu
Don't limit your shopping to yourself. Share the love and upgrade the wardrobe of your significant other/best guy friend/stylish brother, too. Emilie and Benoit Carpentier started Marchand Drapier in Toulouse in 2006 — Emilie is a business-school graduate and Benoit comes from a family of tailors. The brand offers a menswear line that is at once classic and ultra fresh.