Paris Welcomes World's Biggest Shoe Store

  • July 20, 2009
Paris' most famous department store has opened the world's largest dedicated shoe space, reports Women's Wear Daily, with Galeries Lafayette turning its basement into a 34,500-square-foot shoe extravaganza.

That makes it about one-third larger than the shoe space at either Harrods or Saks Fifth Avenue. WWD reports that French women are the shoe-savviest, buying an average of six pairs a year, with 17% admitting that they own more than 20 pairs. Says a Galeries Lafayette exec: "Shoes have become the number-one desire, ahead of sunglasses and bags."--Sarah Mahoney

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