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French girl favorite shoe brand CAREL Paris is practically synonymous with the classic 1960s block heel that has since returned to fashion in a big way. CAREL Paris first introduced their classic Mary Jane Kina shoe at the start of the feminist movement, and it quickly became the shoe that represented this iconic generation of active, strong, opinionated women.

The low block heel regained its popularity in recent years due to the comfort it provides busy women who need a shoe to take them from day to night without compromising style or femininity.

Realizing the shoe’s relevance and widespread popularity, Opening Ceremony alumna Clara Cornet was the first to bring CAREL Paris to the U.S. market when she introduced the line in their New York City and Los Angeles stores. Their Kina Mary Jane immediately became a best-seller from coast to coast. After maintaining a close relationship with the brand throughout the years, Cornet was approached by CEO Frédérique Picard to collaborate in a more personal way.

Just in time to top off our peak fall wardrobes, CAREL Paris and Cornet are releasing a capsule collection of iconic Kina shoes with a modern and youthful flare. The shoes will include emoji-inspired patches ranging from moons and cherries to kisses and broken hearts, remaining timeless and feminine but with a sense of humor. Finally, a block heel Mary Jane for the downtown version of the ladies who lunch.

The capsule shoes are now available for $430 exclusively on