Where to buy good shoes in Paris?

Feb 5th, 2002, 11:11 PM
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carol
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Where to buy good shoes in Paris?

Would like to buy a pair of good for walking shoes; Mephisto or Arche, or other. Where can I go for a not in the US selection? Galleries Lafayette? Are they less than what they cost in the States? Thank you in advance.
 
Feb 6th, 2002, 04:22 AM
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I have bought Arches in Paris, and yes, they are less expensive there. There are several Arche stores, I believe (check the Arche web site) but I went to one off Blvd. St. Germain on Rue de Dragon (Dragon metro). Dragon runs into Rue de Cherche Midi, which was a great shopping street, lots of unique clothing stores.
 
Feb 6th, 2002, 04:56 AM
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There is a mephisto store right near Galleries lafayette. As far as I can remember, they did not sell mephisto at Galerie Lafayette.

I bought one pair of boots and 2 pairs of sandals for the same price as I paid for 1 pair of sandals in the States.
 
Feb 6th, 2002, 06:16 AM
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If you write to Mephisto, they will send you a list of stores in and around Paris. These are Mephisto only stores and it includes a list of stores that have a Mephisto department in them. But by far the best bet is to go to the Mephisto only stores. I bought two pairs of Sandals last January for the price of one pair here. These were new styles and not on sale. And they have styles that I haven't seen in the states. My husband purchased a pair of shoes that retails for $250 here for less than $100. These were on sale because it was Jan. I believe it is the same store that Lisa mentioned. I cannot remember the address. If you are lucky enough to go in Jan or June, you will really get great bargains. But the prices are still much better than here.
 
Feb 6th, 2002, 08:36 AM
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Keep in mind the Mephisto store in Paris is closed on Mondays. My friend and I found out the hard way! ;(
 
Feb 6th, 2002, 04:38 PM
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I bought Arche shoes at Galeries Lafayette and they had a big selection. They were considerably less expensive than in the States. The sales personnel was attentive and helpful as well. The shoe dept. there is very big and you will find many good brands of shoes.
 
Feb 6th, 2002, 05:46 PM
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carol
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Wow! Thank you for all the great feedback & tips! This is great!
 
Feb 6th, 2002, 06:09 PM
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Carol, Thanks for asking this question. Instead of saying you took the words out of mouth, I'll say, you took the thought right out of my head! I'll be doing a little (cough cough) shopping there in a couple of weeks, and was wondering the same thing. Thanks everyone!

Wendy, that's good to know that it's not just museums that's closed on Mondays!
 
Feb 6th, 2002, 10:56 PM
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How do you all get these shoes and boots back home? Do you have the store ship them, or do you lug them back home in your luggage?
 
Feb 6th, 2002, 11:02 PM
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zooza; I lug.
I pack light and leave room for purchases.
 
Feb 7th, 2002, 12:02 AM
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I don't understand the fascination with these shoes. I understand they're comfortable and all, but they are supremely UGLY. And even at less cost than in the States, they're still expensive. Will someone please enlighten me?
 
Feb 7th, 2002, 06:28 AM
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It is better than having really UGLY feet. Comfort and beautiful feet vs Sore, swollen,corn, and buniun feet. Understand?
 
Feb 7th, 2002, 06:59 AM
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When you say "these shoes" I assume you're referring to the mephistos, which are not pretty, at least not the ones I bought a few years ago. Arche are a totally different animal. Very cool. I have some green suede boots I bought a year or so and get so many compliments when I wear them. Definitely not ugly.
 
Feb 7th, 2002, 07:35 AM
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My dd and d-in-law bought their Mephisto sandals the second day of our trip and wore them for the remaining days. They were half the price in the DC area, and d-in-law went back for two more pair. I couldn't get past the looks and left empty handed. "Our" store was on Av. du Gen. Leclerc, near the Denfert Metro. http://www.mephistoparis-sud.com/
 
Feb 7th, 2002, 09:00 AM
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The best shoe street here is rue des Ciseaux, near rue du Four, which is also an excellent shopping street. Try Jaime Mascaro. There is also an Arche on this street. Rue du Cherche Midi has tons of shoe stores as well.
 
Feb 7th, 2002, 01:29 PM
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Zowel. I will have to give you credit. My Mephisto oxfords are really ugly. BUT, I can wear them all day doing anything and my feet never hurt. When you have wide feet as I do, it is not always easy to find shoes that are comfortable and stylish and, of course, forget cheap. I just cannot abide my feet hurting when I travel especially.
 
Feb 7th, 2002, 01:42 PM
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Arthur
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Try the Shopping Center close to La Defense.
 
Feb 7th, 2002, 03:37 PM
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Lynne
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Hope I'm not stepping on Sandra Gustafson's feel here <g> when I
mention her wonderful book 'Great
Sleeps in Paris' wherein she names
rue Meslay (Metro: Republique) as
'an entire street devoted to shoes'.

As my entire life is devoted to shoes
I will be tripping the light fantastic
there this Spring!
 
Feb 7th, 2002, 03:39 PM
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.......Sandra Gustafson's FEET not 'feel'.....I just get SO befuddled
when shoes are in the conversation.
 
Feb 7th, 2002, 03:40 PM
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Are we talking about Paris or Heaven?? An entire street devoted to shoes???
I thought that rue de Dragon was pretty good with so many shoe stores...I must go back to Paris right away~
 

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