Best new indie stores: Dazzling displays

Prepare to gawk at these gorgeous setups---and the merch they contain.

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  • United Nude

    United Nude

  • United Nude Block-pump Hi pump, $285, at United Nude

    United Nude Block-pump Hi pump, $285, at United Nude

  • United Nude X-wedge elastic shoe, $215, at United Nude

    United Nude X-wedge elastic shoe, $215, at United Nude

  • United Nude Eamz sandal, $260, at United Nude

    United Nude Eamz sandal, $260, at United Nude

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    OHWOW Book Club

    OHWOW Book Club

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Wares at OHWOW Book Club

    Wares at OHWOW Book Club

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Books at OHWOW Book Club

    Books at OHWOW Book Club

United Nude

United Nude

Winner: United Nude
Setting foot inside this pristine enclosure is like entering a Technicolor dream. The dark environs will direct all of your attention to the long wall of shoes, where each item is housed in an LED-lit cube. As you inspect neon pumps with block-shaped heels ($285) and rainbow-banded sandals ($235), keep an eye on the shoe nooks themselves, which periodically light up in vibrant colors. Originally just for the ladies, this global brand recently premiered a few kicks for men, including a dapper pair of hollow-heel oxfords ($480). 25 Bond St at Lafayette St (212-420-6000, unitednude.com)

Runner-up: OHWOW Book Club
You may blurt out the name of this store when you see Bowery Boys ($41), Keiichi Nitta's photo book flaunting a naked arse on its jacket. Don't be surprised if you have the same reaction to the bookshop's decor, which is marked by a black-and-white tile floor, architectural displays of tomes and aqua-blue walls accented with silver-foil designs. Leaf through faves like Dan Colen's Peanuts ($45)—a collection of images taken from the author's short film of the same name—stacked alongside artsy volumes like Dan Attoe's I Made Most of This Shit Up ($82). 227 Waverly Pl between Perry and W 11th Sts (646-370-5847, oh-wow.com/book-club)

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