They say you can tell a lot about a person by the shoes they wear. I take shoes very seriously. At one point I owned over 120 pairs. And yes, I’ve heard all the jokes, including the references to “Imelda Marcos”. Trust me, it gets old. Very old. Over the years I have found a few brands that have become my “go-to” because of their style and perfect fit. When I find a good pair of shoes that fit well and are comfortable I tend to be loyal to that brand. The Swiss shoemaker Bally happens to be one of my favorites for shoes and accessories. The Bally boutique I most often frequent was newly renovated with a modern design by David Chipperfield Architects. I love one particular detail of their new store design so much that I took pictures of it. And when the time ultimately comes to redesign my walk-in closet I want their design to serve as my inspiration. Take a look for yourself…


I love the look of all the symmetrical cubbies to store shoe boxes in. My version would be a much smaller scale. I would replace all my existing shoe boxes with one style to maintain the clean uncluttered look you see here. To suit my needs, I would pick a plain white box that has a clear pocket on the outside to insert a photo of what lies inside. There’s nothing worse than not knowing what you have and where to find it.


And since we are talking Bally, let me introduce you to the Bally Journal. It is a fun magazine available at their boutiques that highlight the newest collections and provide short snippet articles for easy, quick reading. They are only on issue 3 and I’m bummed that I missed the inaugural issue. Bally, if you are reading this…I would love to get a copy of Issue 1 (pretty, please).balley-magazine-via-revivingcharm_comballey-magazine-via-revivingcharm_com-2

Here are a couple of my favorite products highlighted in the current issue. The Sommet Bag comes in three sizes (small, medium, and large) as well as a variety of colors and textures.

I like several of Bally boots this season but the Chani (shown below) is such a great classic riding boot style that you can actually wear from year to year. I have a similar pair from Bally that I purchased many, many years ago. You know you made a good investment when you still get lots of use from them after many years.

balley-magazine-via-revivingcharm_com-3I can’t forget my male readers. Bally has something for you also! Even my Mr. B has his own small collection of Bally footwear.

I hope you enjoyed today’s post. Let me leave you today with some great advice from famed photographer Cecil Beaton.bally-magazine-via-revivingcharm_com-4

Original Iphone photos by Reviving Charm.


  1. After Orange County says:

    I too love Bally shoes. I’ll never forget one time I went on the quickest business trip ever, a 3 day turn-around to Geneva, Switzerland. At the time (prior to the European Union and the Euro) the exchange rate was very much in my favor and I went crazy shopping at Louis Vuitton and the Bally store. Came home with 4 pairs. They gave me a hard time on the return going thru customs because they couldn’t understand why I made such a short trip but managed to do so much shopping.

    • Reviving Charm says:

      Oh Celia, what a great story. I couldn’t imagine why Customs would give you such a hard time…its totally believable! Don’t they know that us girls can do some serious damage in the shortest of shopping trips!

  2. Karen B. says:

    What a great post. I love seeing that amazing idea for a closet for shoes. I jump all over the place with shoes and purses, but I do buy multiples when I find a good fit.

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