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Pierre Hardy, 1st Arr.

Jardins du Palais Royal
156 Galerie de Valois
France 75001
Tel: 33 1 42 60 59 75
Metro: Palais Royal–Musée du Louvre's insider take:

Pierre Hardy's creations for Balenciaga are more sculptures than shoes, and the jewelry (in addition to footwear) he designs for Hermès are enough to earn him demigod status. In addition to these two high-profile successes, Pierre Hardy—one of fashion's most talented, and modest, brainiacs—also has two stores under his own label. His knack for twisting the classic codes of good taste into stilettos that are fun, sexy, and even comfortable has won him legions of fans (Nicole Kidman, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Madonna among them), and his futurist sneakers are often spotted on hipsters such as the members of Daft Punk and the Strokes. Hardy's original shop in the Palais Royal feels no bigger than a shoe box, while the light-filled Left Bank store seems more like an art gallery (9–11 Place du Palais Bourbon, 75007; 33-1-45-55-00-67).

Open Mondays through Saturdays 11 am to 7 pm.

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