The 6 Best Shoe Stores in NYC

January 30th, 2018

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It’s a bit difficult to get around New York City without using your feet. New Yorkers walk further and faster than nearly any other group of people in the world. That means our footwear is super important to us. When the train breaks down and you can’t find a cab, you need something that will look great, last long, and feel comfortable no matter how many blocks you have to traverse. Luckily, there is no shortage of shoe stores around NYC, and some of them are real winners. Here’s where you can pick up the best of the best, no matter what you’re looking for!
  1. Jeffrey (Quintessentially Quirky Kicks): Are you someone who likes to stand out from the crowd, no matter how much you have to pay? Jeffrey started in London and is now hugely popular in NYC. These are the kind of shoes that fashion icons and trendsetters wear.If you’re looking for something to compliment your $600 supreme hoodie while you skate around the city on your Boosted Board, Jeffrey has the perfect pair of kicks to complete your look. These are the original designs you can’t find for cheap, and you wouldn’t want it any other way.
  2. Coclico (Supremely Sustainable Shoes): Your love of fashion doesn’t have to clash with your conscience. Your personal style extends beyond style and luxury to your way of living in the world, or so the folks at Coclico believe. Their shoes don’t just look and feel amazing, they’re great for the environment too. Coclico sources all of their leather from small, artisanal sources in Spain. Their standards for quality are trumped only by their criteria for ethical and environmental responsibility. These shoes will last a lifetime, and they’ll help make the world a better place. It’s the opposite of ‘fast fashion’.
  3. Frye (You Won’t Find Better Looking Boots):You won’t survive the New York winters without a great pair of boots. That said, your stylish look doesn’t have to be ruined by a pair of giant clunky boots. If you want a pair of boots that will keep you dry and make you look incredible, look no further than Frye. Frye boots are widely considered the gold standard. They’ve been bringing high-quality leather boots to the masses for over a hundred years and their unmatched quality has never stopped climbing. Their thoughtful and friendly salespeople will hook you up with an iconic look that will last you a lifetime--and keep you warm and dry.
  4. Flight Club (Synonymous with Sneakers): Not all sneakers are created equally. That $40 pair you nabbed at Payless will wear out quickly and do little more than keep your feet off the concrete. These days, rappers, athletes and artists have helped to make high-quality designer sneakers an absolute must-have. Next time you want to drop a few thousand bucks on a pair of Yeezys or slightly less on some Jordan’s, Flight Club is the place to go. It’s an absolute Sneakerhead heaven, with options for every price range and every look.
  5. Stuart Weitzman (Heavenly Heels): Since time immemorial, fashionable folks have recognized the value of a great pair of heels. Heels pull your outfit together, make your legs (and your posterior) look better, and show off your impeccable fashion sense. These days heels are more comfortable and gorgeous than ever and the very best of them are found at Stuart Weitzman. Stuart Weitzman may not have the most affordable heels of all time, but they sure are elegant. You’re guaranteed to fall in love with something as you explore their massive selection of incredible heels. Next time you’re in Columbus Circle, pop in and take a look. Be warned: you’ll have a hard time leaving without buying at least one pair.
  6. Crocs (When Comfort Trumps Everything): Some people want stylish shoes, some people want functional shoes, some people only care about comfort. If you really don’t care how you look, you should hit up the Crocs store on 34th street. You’ll not find a larger collection of foam plastic shoes anywhere. Crocs were originally developed as boat shoes, but they’ve become the go-to footwear for lounging around your house or to show how little you care about your looks. Who cares that Time Magazine named them one of the 50 worst inventions of all time? They’re comfy!