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Pamper Your Little Piggies

May 28, 1999|MICHAEL QUINTANILLA

The sweet and soothing fragrance of a scented candle. The oh-so-calming aroma of ginseng-honey tea. A lavender spiced eye pillow.

All this is at your beck and call while you wait with your tootsies in an electric foot massager, sip bottled water and zone out watching Zen-like ethereal images of rain droplets on DVD monitors.

Did we mention this is about shopping for shoes, L.A. style--courtesy of the newly opened Rockport Concept Store in Santa Monica? Here, mind, body and sole have adopted a very SoCal approach to footwear.

Call it feng shoe.

"We're redefining the retail experience by making shoe shopping a comfort experience," says Linda Lewi, Rockport's senior vice president.

That experience also includes a complimentary reflexology foot massage in the store's Comfort Center. A resource center also offers customers free travel, health and wellness information. Other feel-good items for sale include an aroma-therapeutic travel kit and customized sole inserts.

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