213, rue Saint-Honore
Paris 75001 France
If you can only visit one sneaker shop while in Paris there is really only one option, Colette. But Colette is not only a sneaker shop; it is a shrine of sorts to urban culture. Established in March 1997, the shop has become a world icon for the initiated. Upon first coming upon the Shop it may not be apparent that it is in fact Colette, there is no sign. However you can easily tell its Colette by the two large circles and two large windows on the ground floor.
Upon entry you will note that that the 700+ square meter space is spread across three levels. Inside you will find rare and unique books, CD’s, DVD’s along with jewelry and fashion accessories.
One floor up you will find its world-renowned collection of exclusive clothing, which its staff brings in from the global fashion hubs of New York, Paris, London and Milan. Be sure to ask the staff to see items in stock but not on display to find hidden gems. Also on this floor you will find the sneaker section with a supply of ultra-limited Colette exclusives, along with other sneaker rarities.
Each month Colette exhibits art from a range of different mediums from photography, graffiti, graphic arts, and more. The artists’ works on display are from known artists along with up-and-comers.
After you have a few hours of discovery on Colette’s two main floors, head down stairs to the Café, known as the water bar. There you will discover a menu of tasty treats along with an amazing collection of a 100 types of water from around the world.
If you live in Paris and have not checked out Colette do so ASAP. If you don’t live in the city of lights make sure you pay the shop a visit on your trip.
Info Via Colette
Phone: +33 1 5535 3390
E-Mail: [email protected]
How to get there:
Colette is centrally located in close proximity to such Paris Land Marks as Place Concorde, The Louvre, and Jardin des Tuileries. You can reach it from Metro stop Tuileries, then take Rue de Rivoli to Rue du 29 Juillet until you reach Rue Saint-Honore where you will find Colette.