Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Footcandy




Recently when Napa Valley vintner Perry Butler counted his wife, Carolyn's, pairs of shoes, he stopped at 500.  Obviously, she had a passion for more than making fine wine.  He thought, "Why not combine both passions, which involve high style and world travel?"  While Perry is tasting wines for his label, Juslyn Vineyards, in London, Milan, New York and Paris, Carolyn could meet with designers on the Left Bank or its equivalent.  And so, Footcandy was born.  The elegant shoe shop now sits squarely in the heart of Napa Valley wine country, in the quaint village of St. Helena.  Despite its country locale, the tone is decidely upscale and international.


Carolyn's buying philosophy,
"I am the consumer, I sell to myself"



















































Footcandy opened a second store in Walnut Creek down the street from Filthy Gorgeous and right next store to one of my favorite consignment clothing stores, Labels, which I will do a post on in the near future.  I was inspired to do a post on shoes after reading my good friend Rita of Beach House Living's fabulous post on hats!

26 comments:

Anne - Fiona and Twig said...

You have NO idea how much I'm drooling right now!!!

MyFavoriteFrenchAntiques said...

Oh my, Footcandy is right! I am looking at my shoes now...and shaking my head. Those are gorgeous!!

Anonymous said...

A little overindulgent for the economic times. But I guess the rich always have money to spend.

lisaroy said...

shoes AND wine? that's rough! : )

Tricia Rose said...

Mustn't look....mustn't loooook...

Beach House Living said...

This is too funny and "Foot Candy" is such a fun and appropriate name. A few months back I took photos of many but not all of my shoes and boots. Thinking I would do a post...maybe one pair looks as pretty as these.

Thanks for the sweet mention. Your a doll!

La Petite Gallery said...

I could go broke in that store. WOW! beautiful
my favorite is the sling back tan and black spectator. All time classic. They are all so
fantastic. The name got me.

yvonne

EDYTA and CO. INTERIOR DESIGN said...

ooo la la,, what an amazing idea
Beautiful photos!!

xoxo
Edyta
http://edytaandco.blogspot.com/

Karena said...

I am truly in love, Fabulous beyond!

Karena
Art by Karena

Lumo said...

Beautiful, although most of those heels would be ways too high for me. My favorite is the raffia Kate Spade shoe.

Mermaid Glass said...

Ooh, I feel a little faint! Those shoes went straight to my head.

Here in Mommytown, I don't have a huge call for fab heels but that doesn't mean I don't appreciate fine art when I see it.

Privet and Holly said...

Hmmmm...I'm wondering which of these YOU bought for you own little tootsies, Mrs. La D? Great idea for seeing the world and outfitting feet back home in California and fun name for the store, as well! xx Suzanne

Debby said...

Looks like a fun place! xo

Hamptontoes said...

Now you know I'm a huge shoe fanatic! I must wipe of my desk from the drool...thanks for the "eye candy" over the "foot candy!"

A Gift Wrapped Life said...

Looks like this lady found her true calling......I am picky, picky when it comes to shoes and here was one after another that I would buy, in fact didn't see one I didn't like, maybe she can ship to me in Canada? Now that was fun! Much love XO

Naomi@ThirteenandSouth said...

If only I could wear heels! Looks delicious. Just another reason why I'm dying to go back to Napa.

S and O said...

I love shoes, I think I'm a shoe-aholic :D

Xoxo
Sarah

Cheryl said...

Thanks for the blog comment! And thanks for all those great shoes too! So glad you came across my blog. I have never been to CA but I hope to one day as well. I want to see ALL the beaches of the world!

Cashon&Co said...

Those nude patent louboutins are speaking my language..... But that white heel with the black& white braid and the gold bolts are totally me too. Love this post..... Love this store!

pretty pink tulips said...

Well, I thought I had a favorite....until the last one. That's it. Lepard print Christian Louboutin. I'd know my baby anywhere. Size 37 please!

A Thousand Clapping Hands said...

Thanks for the window shopping. I think I'll just sit right here and dream. Gorgeous shoes!
Catherine

Theresa Cheek said...

My toes are wiggling with delight just looking at these photos!!!!! Wonderful shots and incredible shoes!!!!!!!!!!!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

GOOD MORNING! La Dolfina, what a fabulous name! Thank you, merci mille fois, grazie for coming to visit with me and leaving such a positive and kind word. Your blog is KILLER DILLER GORGEOUS and you are from one of the most chic and lovely parts of the world. I am originally from Los Angeles, but lived in Boston and now in the midwest. I will be going to San Francisco on June 19 and I am ready for some fashion action! Your post is refreshing and fun and brings home the feeling of a Paris shopping spree. Thank you ever so much....I can see my blog on your list from here! Do stop by again before I list a post letting all my dear friends know that I will be gone for about 10 days. But then, I'LL BE BACK!

Enjoy a beautiful, N. California Thursday!!! Kind regards, Anita

Kathysue said...

Terrie I love foot candy in St Helena!! I bought the cutest black and white sandles their years ago!! Of course they were black and white, what else for me?!! Next time you come to WC Call me and come by, Love ya,Kathysue

Mélanie A. said...

Shoes and Wine , this is amazing .
I love her collection of shoes .We don't have any shop like this in Marseilles . IN St Tropez we have some good shops but not as beautiful as this one . She has so many wonderful shoes in the same place

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