News Shoes Flash!
Mephisto shoes are WAY cheaper in France! (I am pretty sure this is about the only thing on the planet that is.)
After visiting the Mephisto store near me, which had none in my size, and calling around to all the other stores in Paris, I found the shoes I wanted, in my size. I had a choice between fuschia and black, and anyone who knows me knows I already own enough black shoes to outfit a small army, so I got the fuschia. I had to head all the way to Madeleine to find them, and they cost a tiny bit more than my local store, but I think it was worth it.
In the US? $145. In France? 61-69 euros. That's practically half price! Close enough to a sale for me. Now, I just have to break them in.
By the way, if you speak French, and know which ones you want, the stores here will sell them to you and mail them to the US, which is still a way better deal than buying them full price in America. Here is the information for the store nearest me (the guy there was the friendliest french customer service person I have ever met!):
124 bd Vincent Auriol 75013 Paris
01 45 86 53 09
Du mardi au samedi 10h/19h30, lundi 14h/19h30