Repetto Zizi: Steal the perfect spring shoe from Mick Jagger and Serge Gainsbourg


Nothing in the world seems certain – and that ambivalent mood includes the shoes. Last spring, a handful of mega menswear designers including Dries Van Noten and Jil Sander released ballet flats, while Jonathan Anderson continues to reinvent the crunchy clog into something sublime. Some observers have predicted this to signal the demise of the sneaker, while others have pointed to the moccasin’s ancestry. But in truth, it seems the world is in a shoe bind. Everything goes there, and yet nothing seems quite law.

Except for a shoe. This shoe is flexible. It’s comfortable. It goes with everything.

It’s a jazz shoe.


Mick Jagger in his Repettos.

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Repetto, the French ballet brand, first launched the Zizi in the early 1970s, with a target audience of dancers, who require soft shoes made of supple leather for the technical aspects of glare and glare. He quickly became a favorite of Mick Jagger, who then paraded on stage with even more aplomb than today, and Serge Gainsbourg. For Gainsbourg, the Zizi was practically orthopedic. Her partner at the time, Jane Birkin, tried to treat her “sensitive” trotters, like the New York Times once, finding, in Birkin’s words, “gloves for his feet.” He found the answer in the Zizi, whose goatskin upper and performance sole (as in … performing a dance) make it soft and malleable, but not brittle. It’s like wearing a sock, but with more structure and elegance. It is a lace-up babouche. Apparently Gainsbourg spent 30 pairs a year until his death in 1991. Almost all photos of Gainsbourg wearing them show them battered – the surest sign of a good shoe.

Mick Jagger, June 1975.Michael Ochs / Getty Images


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