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Shopping for Mephisto Shoes in Paris

Just finished the RS Portugal trip with several days in Paris before and after the trip. While in Paris my friends and I shopped for Mephisto shoes at the two locations mentioned in the RS Paris guidebook. The shop on Rue Cler was full of shoes, many on display on racks outside the store. We also shopped at the 78 Rue des Saints-Peres location mentioned on one of the RS shopping walks. No shoes on the sidewalk here. Sorry, don't have the guidebook handy so don't recall which walk. We bought two pairs of shoes at the second location. Staff were helpful although English was limited. The cost was less than buying the same shoes in the US. Next time I'm in Europe I'll search for Mephisto shoe stores before leaving the states as my shoes are wonderful reminders of our trip. Also, I used my American Express card as my method of payment. No additional foreign transaction fees.

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All AMEX cards are not created equal. Some cards still charge a foreign exchange fee. Check yours before you use it. Otherwise you'll pay 3% for not leaving home without it v

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Thanks for the information as I thought this was a feature of all American Express cards.

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I bought a pair of Mephisto shoes in Paris at the shop on Rue Cler in 2014. I was on the Rick Steves Paris and the Heart of France tour and my original walking shoes did not do well on cobblestones. Our hotel was a couple blocks from Rue Cler. I remember my experience in the shop just before their closing time. Sitting on a chair with boxes piled above me, it was a tiny place. The proprietors were so helpful. I love those shoes and still wear them! We have a Mephisto store in Atlanta with a large inventory and I was told a while back that the shoes bought in the US if there is a problem can be handled here but shoes purchased overseas cannot. However, I do not anticipate any issues because they are made impeccably.

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I bought a pair of Mephisto gore-tec shoes while in Paris years ago when I was living full time in Seattle (think rain). When I got home I priced them at a local shoe store and they were twice as expensive here in Seattle, most likely due in part to shipping. I like their fit and wear them when in Seattle where it is snowing today.