18 January 2007

Girlfriend Knows Her Shoes

OK, we all know the sales are hopping right now. What better time to break from your old standbys and check out one of those haunts you’ve read (and subsequently dreamt) about — you know the ones that fashionistas prefer to keep to themselves. Enter Linus Lounge, Kristen Radakovich’s newly opened Uptown ode to the shoe aficionado. Designed in the manner of some of the world’s most famous shoe designers – Jimmy Choo and Manolo Blahnik – the cozy-chic space (2724 Routh St., 214/965-0180) doubles as both showroom and residence for Radakovich and her Brit-transplanted husband.

You’re not going to see these gorgeous shoes – really, works of art – anywhere else in town. In fact, the European shoe lines are making their first-ever Dallas debut. With an impeccable, uncommon eye for design, this former pastry chef-turned-fashion queen hand-selects each pair by designers such as Barbara Bui, Scorah Pattullo and Nicolas Kirkwood. Not to mention, Kristen serves a mean dish of mixed nuts (and maybe even wine), while you relax and shop with your mommy friends – this is definitely a girlfriend outing - (oh, and those sky-high heels sound so fabulous on the lounge's hardwood floors - you'll just HAVE to have them, practical or not!).

And, it’s sale time, now through Jan. 27. So, plan on paying 20 percent below to wholesale cost (we’re talking, in some cases, about scoring the most fashion-forward, even avant garde, shoes for Nordies’ prices).

Go (run) girl. --shelley

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