Refinery29 - Meet the Woman who Invented the Loub Job

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Written by Phillip Picardi

“Suzanne Levine, DPM, is, to put it mildly, obsessed with footwear. The doctor estimates that she has over 300 pairs of shoes: a collection that does not discriminate, she's proud to note. “I love everyone’s shoes,” she muses. “My go-to pairs might be a Michael Kors boot for daytime, or a Gucci heel when I’m going out, and I love Prada and Louboutins, even though those can sometimes be a foot challenge.” Her favorite, though, is Manolo Blahnik: “You’ll always find me at the sample sale. I was run over by a woman one year! But, it’s worth it.” 

It would be easy to assume that Dr. Levine has something of a vanity complex when it comes to footwear. However, you’d be (mostly) mistaken: She is the premier podiatrist in New York City, if not the entire country. Good shoes, then, are not just her passion — they’re her business.

“My calling in life is to keep women wearing their best shoes,” Dr. Levine tells us. She does so via her Upper East Side practice, Institute Beauté. “Here, I have more than one million dollars worth of equipment, like my brand-new anti-fungal laser that takes care of infections with one treatment as opposed to three, with no pain. I did a lot of alternative treatments before the phrase ‘alternative therapy’ was ever even mentioned in medicine. I get a lot of controversy, but I don’t care, so long as my patients are happy.”

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