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A French footwear designer known for his brand’s sky-high stilettos has opened his first men’s-only boutique, in Paris. Christian Louboutin (, located across from the brand’s flagship store on rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau, offers the namesake designer’s full line of men’s footwear, from classic loafers to crystal-encrusted sneakers. Prices range from about $700 to $3,300. At the back of the boutique is what Louboutin calls the Tattoo Room, where customers can have personalized designs and even replicas of their own body art embroidered on certain new shoe models. Pricing for the bespoke service ranges from about $6,500 to $8,000, including the cost of shoes.

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