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Best shoe stores for women
Meet your one-stop shop for comfy ballet flats and manageable heels; the store has been in business since the 1980s and stocks more than 500 styles. On the flats front, you’ll find woven and quilted materials, solids and animal prints, and classy touches like bows and buckles. The heel selection is more limited, but we’re still head over, uh, heels for their selection of wedges and pumps.
Whoever coined the phrase shoe porn must’ve had this footwear designer’s Nolita boutique on the brain. Though many of the styles fall in the $300-plus ballpark, you won’t find a more creative fusion of mod swagger and boho style. For proof, just take a waltz in a pair of cracked-leather ankle boots with retro toe cutouts.
The clearance rack at this hip minichain is always worth checking—we’ve scored knee-high leather boots for under $40. Of course, the window displays are pretty tempting too—seeing how they’re always stocked with the latest designs from Seychelles, Dolce Vita, Chelsea Crew, Navid O Nadia, Naughty Monkey and more.
Between the killer selection of flats and couches so comfortable you sink right in, you’ll want to try on shoes all day long at this upscale footwear emporium. Tani carries off-the-beaten-path international labels, such as Chie Mihara booties, Ash heels and Bensimon kicks, in neutral colors that easily integrate into wardrobes for everyday wear. If you like your Superga sneakers in flashy metallic gold or silver, hit the Broadway outpost, which carries many of the same brands in bolder patterns and brighter colors. This is one of those rare stores you can drag your boyfriend to: Guys will appreciate the beautifully crafted dress shoes, boots and sneakers from Rachel Comey, Gorilla and Gola. If the price tags ($50–$400) are too steep for your budget, hit the back room for sale items marked 25 to 70 percent off.
This family-owned shop has been in the kicks business for more than 70 years, shilling men’s, women’s and children’s options from such labels as Adidas, Fly London, Ecco, Dr. Martens and Keds. The emphasis here is on comfort and wearability (read: great for sneakers, bad for fuck-me pumps).