Finding the perfect shoe isn't always easy, but in a shopping haven like Los Angeles, the feat is much less daunting. From well-known designer digs to under-the-radar boutiques, L.A. is home to scores of top footwear stores for both men's fashion and women's clothing. Whether you're looking for red carpet-worthy heels, urban sneakers, comfortable flats, marathon-approved running shoes or lace-up boots, L.A. has it all and then some. Here, we've nailed down the best retailers in town (you might want to make some room in your closet).
Best shoe stores in L.A.
As Brazilian designer Alexandre Birman's first West Coast flagship (and the second-ever U.S. store beyond its New York digs), Schutz's buzzy Beverly Hills heel haven is something of a rare gem. The shoe-obsessed can satiate their retail cravings with a contemporary-cool range of everything from suede flats and lace up boots to caged stilettos and bold-hued pumps. Whether you're in the market for a classic, staple work shoe or a show-stopping, red carpet worthy heel, Schutz is basically your dream closet and then some.
If you're looking for a statement shoe, leave it to It Brit cult label Topshop. Think ‘90s, mod-rock-inspired statement pieces like metallic platform wedges, pointed mules, pearl-encrusted flats, and studded boots. As for the fashion forward gents of L.A., check out Topman's selection of covetables like lace-up derby shoes, leather penny loafers, suede boat shoes, and stylish sneakers.
Nestled inside this Beverly Hills newcomer are racks filled with stylish apparel, jewelry, beauty products, and accessories that have It girls buzzing. The corner shop, an offshoot of H&M and sister store to upscale, ultra-modern label COS, offers covetables like braided leather bags, Euro-inspired frocks, and minimal, yet geometric jewelry. But tucked in the back of the store is perhaps its greatest offer: a treasure trove of fashion-forward shoes, from fringe slip-on sandals to satin heels to chunky leather boots.
Walking into this Abbot Kinney store is like walking into a cool fashionista's accessories closet—shoes and bags from Margiela, Marni and Ann Demeulemeester line the walls while sunglasses and jewelry adorn the small front table. Don't miss the killer sales when sky-high heels are up to 70% off.
Inside celebrity favorite footwear brand Kathryn Amberleigh's L.A. flagship, shoppers can expect to find classic shoe styles with a modern twist. From varying heel heights to mixed textures, fabrics and colors, there's plenty of stylish options to choose from—and trust us, you're bound to find somehting thanks to the brands 300+ range one-of-a-kind, handmade shoes.
A hidden gem in Los Feliz, Vamp Shoes boutique offers a minimalist and thoughtfully curated selection of women's footwear from both well-known and under-the-radar designers. From matte open toe mules by Rachel Comey to made-in-Spain espadrille wedges by Copa Metallic, the intimate shop is stocked with high-design selections that are well worth your while.
Back in the '90s, Angelenos would flock to Re-Mix for its impressive selection of deadstock vintage shoes. But as the deadstock supply became more difficult to source, the store decided to find a new means of bringing vintage style to L.A. shoppers. Now, the intimate shop is known for its high-quality reproductions of era-defining shoes, ranging from 1910 to the early 1960s.
An über-cool hangout for sneaker geeks, Undefeated stocks limited editions from the likes of Vans and Nike, along with its own clothing. Those looking to spruce up their selection of fresh kicks should head to the Santa Monica or La Brea shop for everything from stylish, urban footwear to athletic shoes. The lifestyle brand and retailer, established in 2002, takes its cues from a mix of sports, art, music and street culture.
L.A. marathon veterans swear by Road Runner Sports' top quality kicks and knowledgable staff. Whether you're a novice or experienced runner, gym goer, or you simply need a comfortable walking shoe, this Santa Monica store has plenty of options to choose from. But how do you find the perfect fit? The store offers a 12-minute Shoe Dog fit analysis, in which employees will measure your feet, check your balance and record your running or walking stride to determine the best type of shoe for you. Once you've picked out your fresh kicks, check out the mix of athletic apparel and running gear.
When it comes to shoe shopping, it goes without saying that Nordstrom is a go-to for many an Angeleno—and for good reason. Just try visiting the always-buzzing department store at The Grove and you'll witness the frenzy first-hand. The glimmering shoe department, located on the first floor directly across from cosmetics, is stocked with displays upon displays of footwear for any occasion. Whether you're looking for a comfortable flat, showstopping heel or boot, there's hundreds of options to choose from at a wide range of price points.
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We've done the research for you—along with a whole lot of window shopping—to come up with the top ten shops worth dropping a wallet's worth. Whether you're on the hunt for a date night outfit, wardrobe staple or gift (lucky giftee!), these spots carry the city's finest threads.